Cirque du Soleil Accident: Acrobat Dies in Las Vegas

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Very sad news out of Las Vegas this weekend:

Sarah Guyard-Guillot - a 31-year old Paris native performing in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" show - was pronounced dead Saturday night after she fell nearly 50 feet from the stage.

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The tragedy took place near the end of the production, with witnesses saying Guyard-Guillot  appeared to slip from her safety wire while being hoisted up the side of the stage. She fell into an open pit.

The show stopped as a result and the crowd was quickly dismissed from the premises. (Attendees have been offered a refund or vouchers for a future show.)

Guyard-Guillot had been with the original cast of "Ka" since 2006. She was the mother of two children.

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

"We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family."

All "Ka" performances have been canceled until further notice.