Sarah Guyard-Guillot.
Sarah Guyard-Guillot.

Cirque du Soleil performer and mum of two dies in plunge

A PERFORMER in Cirque du Soleil's Ka died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a mother of two young children ages 8 and 5, was killed Saturday night after a fall from the show's stage at MGM Grand. 

The local Coroner's Office said Guyard-Guillot, 31, was pronounced dead at 11:43pm. Saturday at University Medical Center.

Guyard-Guillot had spent more than 22 years as an acrobatic performer.

She was a graduate of Anne Fratellini Art & Circus Academy, named for the famed French circus clown and actress.

The official website for Cirqeufit acrobatics school in Las Vegas, where Guyard-Guillot served as a coach, said she was an acrobatic and aerialist specialist. She was hired by "Ka" as the production opened at MGM Grand in 2004.

MGM Resorts International, Cirque's artistic and business partner in Las Vegas, issued a statement about the tragedy:

"Our company is deeply saddened by the loss of one of the talented KA artists Saturday night. The thoughts and prayers of our employees are with the performer's family, the cast of KA, and the entire Cirque family during this difficult time."

It is the first reported death from an accident onstage in Cirque's 30-year history.

According to reports from audience members, the drama occurred during the latter stages of the production when Guyard-Guillot was one of the artists suspended by a wire from the show's vertical stage in the show-closing Final Battle 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.

After the incident, one eyewitness seated in the middle of the audience and just a few rows from the lip of the stage said Guyard-Guillot dropped from the left side of the set (or on the right side, as audience members face the production) over a distance of at least 50 feet.

More on this story at the Las Vegas Sun

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