Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, who tallied over 20 years of acrobatic experience before her last stunt, was pronounced dead later that night at a hospital.
According to witness reports published in the Las Vegas Sun, the show at MGM Grand was in its final stages when ‘Sassoon’, Guyard-Guillot’s stage name, was ascending to the top of the stage and broke free from her safety wire, resulting in a 50-foot free-fall.
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte issued a statement regarding Guyard-Gulliot’s death on Sunday, citing praise for the veteran performer and canceling “Ka” productions until further notice.
“I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family,” he said, “We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night.”
Guyard-Gulliot was the mother of two children and an original ’06 cast member of “Ka”. The incident was also the first reported death in the Cirque de Soleil’s 30 year history.