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Cirque du Soleil Performer Dies

Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a Cirque du Soleil performer and mom to two young children, died on Saturday night after a fall during a performance of Ka in Las Vegas.

The 31-year-old mom, whose kids are ages 8 and 5, fell from the show's vertical stage at the MGM Grand as she was being hoisted on a cable in the show's final battle scene, according to the Las Vegas Sun. It's the first reported death from an onstage accident in Cirque's 30-year history.

Guyard-Guillot was born in Paris and had spent more than 22 years as an acrobat, the Sun reports. In addition to being a performer for Cirque du Soleil, she was also a coach at CirqueFit acrobatics school in Las Vegas.

Cirque du Soleil released a statement on Sunday that read: "The entire Cirque du Soleil family is deeply saddened by the accidental death of Sarah (Sassoon) Guyard, artist on the production 'Ka,' that happened on Saturday, June 29, in Las Vegas. The artist's immediate family has been informed of the accident. Our thoughts are with her family and the entire Cirque du Soleil family."

Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil, told the Sun, "I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news."

The show has since gone dark and will be canceled until further notice.

Photo credit: Norman Jean Roy/Cirque du Soleil

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