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Cirque du Soleil performer injured during Bellagio performance

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Cirque du Soleil performer injured during Bellagio performance

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Aug 28, 2014

A Cirque du Soleil performer was injured during a performance at the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip this week.

It happened during the late performance of "O" on Aug. 27.

According to a statement from Cirque, a Russian Swing artist was injured and immediate emergency response was applied.

Witnesses said the performer fell at least 20-feet, hitting his back on the ground before ending up in the water. The show stopped for 10-15 minutes, with audience members watching as technicians treated the artist on stage.

The incident happened during the Russian Swing Act, one of the most technical aspects of the show. Performers fly from one part of the swinging apparatus to another.

Shortly after the accident, performers returned to the stage and the show proceeded.

The artist was released from the hospital on Thursday morning and is doing well.

Cirque du Soleil will investigate the cause related to the incident.

In June 2013, a Cirque artist died during a performance of "KA" at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, fell more than 50-feet to her death during the show.

Guyard was an artist with the original cast of "KA" since 2006.

Cirque and MGM Grand were both cited in Guillot-Guyard's death.

In November 2013, a performer was injured in the Cirque du Soleil show at the ARIA Resort & Casino. He fell from the Wheel of Death during a performance of "Zarkana."

The show was stopped and the man was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.