Cirque du Soleil Accident Leaves Set Technician Dead

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*After recently seeing Toruk: The first Flight, a new Cirque du Soleil show that opens in January; but previewed at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in November, I was reminded of the admiration and respect I have for the work that these athletes do as performers; and the team behind the scenes that supports them. Yet at the same time we in the audience wonder at what cost are these jaw-dropping feats accomplished or perfected. Today offered a sad reality as the news of one of the brands employees, a technician who was preparing the set for a performance of Cirque du Soleil’s show, ‘Luzia,’ was struck by a piece of lifting equipment and later succumbed to his injuries.

According to an ABC News report…

San Francisco police responded to the accident at 6:43 p.m. in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood. “The employee was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries,” police said in a statement, adding that investigators would be on scene to determine the cause of the accident.

“It is with immense sadness that we report a fatal accident that occurred on Nov. 29, during the preset of the show “Luzia” in San Francisco,” Cirque du Soleil said in a statement. “One of our employees, a technician on the show, was struck by a lift and passed away from his injuries.”

The company declined to release the person’s name. Tuesday’s 8 p.m. show was canceled.

 

 

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