July 1st, 2013
08:57 AM ET

Cirque du Soleil Performer Dies After 50-foot Fall

When Cirque du Soleil performer, 31-year-old Sarah Guyard, fell 50-feet to her death during a live performance of “Ka” in Las Vegas on Saturday night, it sent a shock through the artists and performers on stage. Some audience members thought the fall was part of the show, until they heard screams from the stage. Her death is now being investigated.

“New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan speaks to a former Cirque du Soleil performer for her thoughts on the tragedy.

Kristin Wingfield performed with Cirque du Soleil from 1993 to 2002. She says the company “takes every possible precaution to make sure that the artists are safe and that there are safe measures back stage.”

But the job comes with an element of danger nevertheless.

“There’s inherent risk and as a performer, as a professional, you take that with the job,” Wingfield says. “It’s always in the back of your mind.”

This accident is now at the forefront of the company and the performers’ minds. Wingfield says her heart goes out to Guyard’s family and all of them in “Ka.”

“I think it will take a lot of regrouping and they will have to support each other.”

Performances of  "Ka" are suspended until further notice after the first death in Cirque’s 30 year history.

Watch Kristin's interview here:

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