Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte has been left "heartbroken" after a performer fell to her death during a show in Las Vegas on Saturday (29Jun13).
Veteran acrobat Sarah Guillot-Guyard was pronounced dead at a local hospital after plummeting from the stage in a production of Ka at the MGM Grand in full view of the horrified audience, in what was the first casualty in the company's 29-year history.
Canadian showman Laliberte has now addressed the tragic passing in a statement which reads: "I am heartbroken. 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."
Company spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard reveals the 31 year old did not slip out of her safety harness, as earlier reports had suggested, although the incident is now under investigation by Nevada officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Clark County coroners are expected to rule on Guillot-Guyard's cause of death on Tuesday (02Jul13).
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