Cirque du Soleil acrobat in hospital after fall at Las Vegas show

Reuters

By Kevin Murphy

Nov 2 (Reuters) - A Cirque du Soleil acrobat washospitalized after suffering injuries in a fall during aperformance in Las Vegas on Friday night, just days after theMontreal-based company was fined in connection with a fatalaccident in June.

The unidentified male acrobat was performing in the "Wheelof Death" act during the show "Zarkana" when he slipped andfell off the wheel, Cirque du Soleil said in a Facebook postingon Saturday.

"The show was halted and the artist was transported toUniversity Medical Center where he is in stable condition and isexpected to be released from hospital in the next few days," thestatement said.

The show was being performed at the Aria Resort and Casino.

In June, Paris native Sarah Guillot-Guyard fell 94 feet (29metres) to her death during a midair battle scene in the show"KA" in Las Vegas.

After a four-month investigation, the Nevada OccupationalSafety and Health Administration earlier this week issued sixcitations, totaling $25,235, to Cirque du Soleil, whichdescribes its shows as "a dramatic mix of circus arts and streetentertainment."

Guillot-Guyard, 31, died after falling in the final scene ofthe performance, in which the stage is vertical and performerswear safety harnesses attached to a cable. The wire ropeattaching her to a safety harness scraped against suspensionequipment and became detached, Nevada OSHA said.

Both Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts, the owner of the LasVegas MGM Grand, said they would appeal the rulings inconnection with the June accident.

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