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Cirque du Soleil performer killed in fall remembered as 'terrific person'

Cirque du Soleil performer killed in fall remembered as 'terrific person'
From CBC - March 19, 2018

Police in Tampa, Fla., say they have no reason to believe the fall that killed a Cirque du Soleilaerialist Saturday "is anything except a tragic accident,"as their investigation into the death of Yann Arnaudcontinues this week.

Arnaud,a married father of two, was performing an aerial-straps number when he fell to the stage during a performance of theCirque du Soleilshow Voltain Tampa.

Steve Hegarty, a public information officer for the Tampa Police Department, said Arnaud "apparently lost his handhold and fell 15 to 20 feet to the ground."

"We have no reason to believe this is anything except a tragic accident, but when something like this occurs, we do like to look things over to rule out that there may have been anything else," Hegarty told CBC News.

Arnaudwas transported to a local hospital after the fall, where he died of his injuries a few hours later, according to a statement issued by Cirque duSoleilSunday.

Hegarty said amedical examiner was scheduled to perform an autopsy on Arnaud's body Monday.

"There's some video and, tragically, a lot of witnesses. That in some ways makes it easier, although that makes it a much more tragic story," he said.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration told CBC News it was also investigating what happenedbut had no comment for now.

'A good friend, a caring father'

Condolences have been pouring in for Arnaudon social media.

"You were a terrific person, a good friend, a caring father,"CirFit, a clothing brand made by circus performers, said in a post on Instagram.

"Yann, we will always remember you, your creativity, as well as the contribution you have made for this world! Thank you for everything! You are forever in our hearts," the post read.

AmosGlick, an actor and comedian who knewArnaud, said he was mourning the loss of the "gifted circus artist."

"Everytime we encountered each other there was his huge smile, then I would crack a joke and then we'd shake hands.... His joke back was to seemingly crush my hand ... Every time.... And every time I would reach out for his hand, anyway."Glickwrote on Facebook. "I am gonna miss that."

Simon Ata, a personal trainer, described Arnaudas "anamazing friend, performer, photographer and human being."

"You will be dearly missed," he wrote on Facebook.

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