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    Unhappy Cirque du Soleil performer in KA falls to her death ~ Las Vegas, NV

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...,7920816.story

    Cirque du Soleil Performer Dies From Fall During Las Vegas Show
    Todd Cunningham
    Reuters
    4:17 p.m. CDT, June 30, 2013

    Jun 30 (TheWrap.com) - A Cirque du Soleil performer has died after falling Saturday night during a performance of the show "Ka" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    Sarah Guillot-Guyard was killed in fall from the show's elevated vertical stage at the MGM Grand, according to the Las Vegas Sun. It's the first onstage death in the 30-year history of artistic acrobatic troupe.

    The Clark County Coroner's Office confirmed Sunday morning that Guillot-Guyard, 31, died Saturday night.

    No formal cause of death has been determined pending further examination of Guillot-Guyard's body. She was born in Paris and had spent more than 22 years as an acrobatic performer. She was the mother of two young children.

    According to reports from audience members, the incident occurred Saturday night during the latter stages of the production at MGM Grand. Guillot-Guyard was one of several performers suspended by a wire from the show's vertical stage in the final scene. As she ascended to the top of the stage, she slipped free of her safety wire and dropped to the open, unseen pit below the performers.

    An eye-witness, Dan Mosqueda, described the accident to the Sun as seen from the audience.

    "She was being hoisted up the side of the stage and then just plummeted down," he said. "Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the choreographed fight. But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage."

    After the incident, a recorded announcement informed ticket-buyers that refunds or vouchers to future shows would be and the crowd was dismissed.

    Cirque du Soleil officials have yet to issue a statement on the incident.

    It was the second time in less than a week that a Cirque was halted after an accident

    On Wednesday night, a performer in one of the final preview performances of "Michael Jackson One" at the Mandalay Bay hotel suffered a concussion after slipping while on stage.
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    Good grief! My condolences to her friends and family. Cirque du Soliel is a wonderful show. I wonder how this could have happened.

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    On ABC News they said that her cable may have broken or snapped (I know the article says she slipped); obviously there will be a thorough investigation.

    Such sad news...she has two young kids.

    First performance-related death in the 30 years of Cirque du Soleil.

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    http://www.people.com/people/article...713644,00.html

    Cirque Du Soleil Performer Killed in Fall During Show
    By MARK GRAY
    UPDATED 06/30/2013 at 05:35 PM EDT • Originally published 06/30/2013 at 03:50 PM EDT

    Cirque Du Soleil performer Sarah (Sassoon) Guyard died after falling 50 feet during a performance in Las Vegas Saturday night.

    The incident occurred at MGM Grand's Ka, the same evening the company celebrated the opening on its 8th Vegas show, Michael Jackson ONE.

    In a statement released by a spokesperson, the performance organization, saying, "The entire Cirque du Soleil family is deeply saddened by the accidental death," also said, "The artist’s immediate family has been informed of the accident. Our thoughts are with her family and the entire Cirque du Soleil family."

    Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, in his own statement, added: "I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news."

    He went on to say, "Sassoon was an artist with the original cast of Ka since 2006 and has been an integral part of our Cirque du Soleil tight family. We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family."

    The organization said it is been working with the appropriate authorities and is offering it full cooperation. All performances of Ka have been cancelled until further notice.

    This is the first reported death in the famed acrobatic company's 30-year history. A comment from Cirque officials is expected Sunday afternoon.

    According to audience members, the performer was suspended by a wire during the latter part of the show when she simply fell.

    One audience member Tweeted about the incident, saying the "wire snapped" and the performer "fell fast & awkwardly at least 50 feet".

    The show was canceled after the incident.

    Las Vegas Sun journalist John Katsilometes was first to report the tragedy

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    So sad

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    How awful and tragic! to the poor young lady

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    Very tragic. Watching these high risk shows we rarely realize how much risk the performers are taking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Watching these high risk shows we rarely realize how much risk the performers are taking.
    I think it's because of the risk that we find it extra fascinating.

    I'm about to buy tickets to the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL tour which is coming to Beijing in August. I love Cirque and only one death in 30 years is actually pretty incredible considering what they do.

    May she rest in peace.

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    My thoughts go out to the family of Sarah Guyard-Guillot, an amazing performer in KA who died last night. Original cast member. So sad.

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    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,2889433.story

    Cirque du Soleil performer falls to her death at Las Vegas show
    Sarah Guillot-Guyard, an aerialist and seven-year Cirque du Soleil veteran, falls during the acrobatic production 'Ka' at the MGM Grand.
    By Matt Pearce and John Glionna
    June 30, 2013, 9:32 p.m.

    PIC: http://www.trbimg.com/img-51d0ca61/t...130630-001/600

    A performance of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times / January 31, 2005)

    LAS VEGAS — At first, Heather Bell thought the falling woman was part of the show. She turned to her sister Madelyn and said, "Whoa."

    Cirque du Soleil's performance of "Ka" — an elaborate acrobatic production featuring the company's trademark, daring aerial work — had reached its climactic battle scene Saturday night when something went horribly wrong.

    Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as Sassoon, had been dangling near a catwalk hidden far above the stage at the MGM Grand hotel and casino when the Bell sisters saw her go into a free fall and tumble out of sight, into the stage's pit.

    "It was just an instant," said Madelyn Bell, 17, of Pensacola, Fla. "She just fell. She hit the ground, and you could hear the scream."

    Within an hour, Guillot-Guyard was dead. The audience that had expected to see one of Cirque du Soleil's world-famous death-defying productions had instead witnessed a performance death, thought to be the first during a show in Cirque du Soleil's 29-year history.

    "It didn't look like she was trying to grab on the wall or anybody else as she fell," said Bryce Johnson, 27, of Las Vegas.

    Audience members said they were shocked into silence and could hear cries from the pit, which was blocked from sight by the show's ushers. Other performers were stuck in public view, watching the rescue work below as they dangled from the ceiling for several minutes, witnesses said, until they were lifted to safety one by one. The show's music continued to play, then was silenced.

    At one point, the performers simultaneously pressed their fingers to their earpieces to listen to a message, witnesses said. Johnson said he heard someone call for a gurney.

    "That whole time, nobody was talking in the audience. Maybe whispering. But you could hear a pin drop," said Dan Mosqueda, 46, of Colorado Springs, Colo., who was at the show with his wife and 10-year-old son. "Everybody was stunned and trying to figure out, hey, what happened?"

    About 10 minutes after the fall, the audience was ushered out with promises of refunds. Guillot-Guyard was taken to University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead shortly before midnight. A trained acrobat and aerialist, she was born in Paris and had been performing for at least 22 years.
    This only about 1/3 of the full article; please visit the link for the full article.

    EDIT: Another scene from "Ka"...

    http://d3rm69wky8vagu.cloudfront.net...e/1.165641.jpg

    http://binaryapi.ap.org/20935d1fa4d9...082cd/460x.jpg
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    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...sEnabled=false

    Cirque du Soleil dancer plummets to her death in Las Vegas
    Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a dancer in ‘Ka’ at the MGM Grand, fell more than 50 feet Saturday night. She was 31.
    BY ADAM EDELMAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013, 8:54 PM
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    This article contains pictures of Sarah/Sasoon, scenes from "Ka" and a CNN news video.

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    The Globe and Mail ‏@globeandmail 4m
    Cirque du Soleil has ‘excellent reputation’ for safety, insurer says http://bit.ly/1cNup8a

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    Cirque du Soleil to resume Las Vegas show after death of veteran acrobat: http://apne.ws/15Gwliq - VW

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    Awful news.

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