Yann Arnaud Has Died After Cirque de Soleil Fall in Tampa

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In a statement, company President Daniel Lamarre said emergency procedures were immediately activated and Mr Arnaud was taken to the nearest hospital, where he later passed away.

Just hours before his death, Arnaud posted excitedly about getting to debut his "straps duo act" with aerial artist Pawel Walczewski. "Our focus will be on supporting Yann's family and our employees, especially the Volta team, as we go through these hard times together". Anyone who purchased tickets through the Cirque du Soleil website or call center will receive an automatic refund on their credit card, while anyone who purchased a ticket through another vendor will have to contact the original point of sale for a refund, the company stated. "It's time to go for it @pawel_walczewski", he wrote on Instagram, tagging his partner in the performance.

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The company said it was working with local authorities to investigate what had gone wrong.

The same show, Volta, was performed in Miami Gardens in December.

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One man in the audience told WFLA that Arnaud was visibly "struggling to keep his grip right before the fall". It's unclear whether VOLTA will continue beyond Tampa. In October 2013, veteran acrobat Sarah Guyard-Guillot fell 28 meters (94ft) to her death at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The parkour specialist fell from a set piece and appeared to injure his head and back, according to a Cirque du Soleil spokesperson. The show was canceled and Arnaud was transported to a nearby hospital.

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