Cirque du Soleil artist dies during KA performance
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Cirque du Soleil artist died during a performance of KA at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
31-year-old Sarah Guillot-Guyard fell more than 50-feet to her death during the show on Saturday, June 29.
Cirque released a statement regarding the incident:
"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is deeply saddened by the accidental death of Sarah Guyard, artist on the production KA, that happened on Saturday, June 29 in Las Vegas. The artist's immediate family has been informed of the accident. Our thoughts are with her family and the entire Cirque du Soleil family."
Guyard was an artist with the original cast of KA since 2006.
Cirque said they are working with the appropriate authorities and have offered their full cooperation.
Performances of KA will be canceled until further notice.
The details surrounding how Guyard died have not been released.
It's believed this was the first time in three decades of Cirque that a performer has died during a show.
Audience members took to social media, expressing their shock at what they had seen. They said the performance was halted for a moment and then a recording played, letting them know the rest of the show would be canceled and that refunds would be available.
MGM Resorts International released the following statement:
"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."