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Entertainer's death is Disney's third of summer

ORLANDO — Walt Disney World canceled a stunt show Tuesday after an employee died during practice, the theme park's third worker killed on the job this summer.

Disney said the deaths weren't related, and federal investigators were treating them as separate accidents.

"The only common thread is the sense of loss we feel for these valued cast members," said Zoraya Suarez, a Disney spokeswoman.

Anislav Varbanov, 30, suffered a head injury late Monday while rehearsing an acrobatic move in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and died a short time later. The move required Varbanov to jump into the air, dive over another performer and land in a tuck and roll onto a mat.

"It's worth noting that stunt is a common acrobatic maneuver and has been performed successfully thousands of times since the show was created" in 1989, Suarez said.

Disney World canceled Tuesday's performance in memory of the performer, who had been with the show only a week.

Earlier this month, 47-year-old Mark Priest died four days after hitting his head on a wall in a Magic Kingdom show.

Last month, 21-year-old monorail driver Austin Wuennenberg was killed when his train and another monorail train collided.

Entertainer's death is Disney's third of summer 08/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 12:07am]
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