Cirque du Soleil performer Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, died on Saturday after a horrifying accident during the Las Vegas show “Ka.”
Witness Dan Mosquedo described the event to the Las Vegas Sun, saying, Guyard-Guillot “was being hoisted up the side of the stage and then just plummeted down.”
He continued, “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.”
Guyard-Guillot was born in Paris, studied at the Annie Fratellini Art & Circus Academy, and specialized as an acrobat and aerialist. She was also a coach with the kids fitness program Cirquefit.
She leaves two young children.