A performer in the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil showKà was killed Saturday night in a 50-foot fall during the show.
Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, a mother of two who had spent more than 22 years as an acrobatic performer, was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m. Saturday at the city’s University Medical Center.
The Las Vegas Sun quoted audience members who said that Guyard-Guillot fell during the show’s dramatic final battle scene, in which many of the artists are suspended from wires along the massive, vertical stage.
Guyard-Guillot, who was nicknamed Sassoon, “was being hoisted up the side of the stage and then just plummeted down,” audience member Dan Mosqueda told the paper. “Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the choreographed fight. But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.”