LAS VEGAS (July 1, 2013)—Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, a Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka," has died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas.
Guyard-Guillot was pronounced dead late Saturday night at a hospital after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage.
Witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun the accident occurred near the end of the production at the MGM Grand.
One visitor told the newspaper the acrobatic performer was being hoisted up the side of the stage when it appeared she slipped free of her safety wire and plummeted to an open pit below the stage.
Other audience members said they realized the fall was an accident when they heard the cries of the performer and other cast members.
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte has issued a statement praising Guyard-Guillot and saying performances of "Ka" have been canceled until further notice.
Guyard-Guillot, a mother of two children, had been with the original cast of "Ka" since 2006, and had been an acrobatic performer for more than 20 years.