A Cirque du Soleil performer tragically died from falling during a performance of "Ka". Las Vegas Sun reported that Sarah Guyard-Guillot did not survive from a 50-foot height fall during a show at the MGM Grand. The Clark County Coroner's Office said that the mother of two young children was pronounced dead at 11:43 P.M. on Saturday, June 29 at University Medical Center.
Sarah and other acrobatic performers were suspended in wires during the final battle scene, which was carried out in a vertical stage. The 31-year-old artist apparently slipped from her safety wire and fell into a pit. An audience member Dan Mosqueda said that "initially, a lot of people thought that it was choreographed. But you could hear screaming, then groaning and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage."
The show was stopped almost immediately. Minutes later, there was announcement that the show was over and there would be refunds.
Cirque du Soleil's founder Guy Laliberte issued a statement on Facebook following the death of the performer. "I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news," he said.
"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," he concluded.
Sarah's death is the first stage death in Cirque du Soleil's 30 years of history. Performances of "Ka" have been canceled until further notice.