November 4th, 2013
09:44 AM ET

Cirque Du Soleil Performer Hospitalized After Terrifying Plunge

A Cirque du Soleil performer was in stable condition after falling from the "Wheel of Death" during a Las Vegas performance Friday night at the Aria Resort and Casino, the acrobatic circus company said Saturday.

The "Wheel of Death" is the signature revolving wheel in the performance "Zarkana", CNN’s Christine Romans explains.

The Montreal-based company did not identify the performer in Friday’s fall, but spokeswoman Ann Paladie said he is expected to be released from a hospital in the next few days.

“This accident, just a painful reminder of the June incident at Cirque du Soleil’s performance of “Ka” at  Las Vegas's MGM Grand, where a 31-year-old veteran and mother Sarah Guillot-Guyard died,” Romans says.

She was being hoisted nearly 100 feet in the air during the  show's finale before a wire broke.

“Just days before Friday's accident, the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed fines of more than $25,000 against Cirque du Soleil for safety violation in Guillot-Guyard‘s death. The agency also proposed $7,000 in fines against the casino."


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