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Cirque du Soleil aerialist who died after fall was performing act for first time, he said on Instagram

Veteran aerialist Yann Arnaud died after losing his grip on an aerial ring and falling to the stage during a  Cirque du Soleil performance in Tampa on Saturday. [Instagram]
Veteran aerialist Yann Arnaud died after losing his grip on an aerial ring and falling to the stage during a Cirque du Soleil performance in Tampa on Saturday. [Instagram]
Published Mar. 19, 2018

TAMPA — On the day of his fatal fall during a show in Tampa, a Cirque du Soleil acrobat posted on Instagram that he would be performing a new act for the first time.

"After so much work and training and staging, our straps duo act is finally in the show tonight. It' s time to go for it," veteran aerialist Yann Arnaud said in the post Saturday.

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Arnaud lost his grip on an aerial ring and fell to the stage Saturday night during a performance of the show "Volta" in Cirque du Soleil tents erected for the Feb. 14-March 18 show at Tampa Greyhound Track.

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Cirque du Soleil said it will investigate the incident. The Tampa Police Department is also investigating, although a department spokesman said in a statement that the fall appeared to be accidental.

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An autopsy was scheduled Monday by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office, Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said.

Fans and loved ones expressed their condolences on social media.

Just heard about the terrible news about the accident of my friend Yann Arnaud, a talented French artist from @Cirque du Soleil . I can only share the pain of his family and pray for him . That's incredibly sad. pic.twitter.com/ibhDgACTeN

R.I.P. my dear dear friend @yann_arnaud photo by @yann_arnaudhttps://t.co/vmA5Hjtnvl

Condolences to friends and family of former Le Reve performer @yann_arnaud who experienced a fatal fall during a performance of Cirque du Soliel VOLTA in Tampa last evening. pic.twitter.com/O4ZMCvAUb0

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The incredible men & women at @Cirque make it look easy. It's anything but. Thank you for your dedication to your art, Yann. We're all better for it. #yannarnaud #CirqueDuSoleil

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