A Death Rocks Cirque du Soleil

Artists perform during a rehearsal of the Cirque du Soleil's 'Corteo' in 2012 Photograph by Lluis Gene/AFP via Getty Images

A death cast a pall over the international circus juggernaut Cirque du Soleil on Saturday night, when Sarah Guyard-Guillot, an aerial acrobat in the “Ka” production at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand slipped free from her safety harness and dangled briefly before falling more than 50 feet. The death of the 31-year-old French performer, a two-decade circus veteran, marks the first ever for the Montreal-based organization. It was founded in 1984.

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