Cirque du Soleil accident : Performer dies from 50-foot fall during show

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jul 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-01 14:23:34-04

A Cirque du Soleil acrobat died after falling 50 feet during a performance of “Ka” in a Las Vegas casino on Saturday.

Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, who tallied over 20 years of acrobatic experience before her last stunt, was pronounced dead later that night at a hospital.

According to witness reports published in the Las Vegas Sun, the show at MGM Grand was in its final stages when ‘Sassoon’, Guyard-Guillot’s stage name, was ascending to the top of the stage and broke free from her safety wire, resulting in a 50-foot free-fall.

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte issued a statement regarding Guyard-Gulliot’s death on Sunday, citing praise for the veteran performer and canceling “Ka” productions until further notice.

“I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family,” he said, “We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night.”

Guyard-Gulliot was the mother of two children and an original ’06 cast member of “Ka”. The incident was also the first reported death in the Cirque de Soleil’s 30 year history.

Cirque du Soleil performer plummets to death in front of live audience