Cirque du Soleil’s Sarah “Sassoon” Guyard-Guillot plunged 90 feet to her death during a Las Vegas performance, nearly double the distance originally believed.
The aerialist, 31, was suspended by a wire during a climactic sequence in Ka when she slipped out of it and fell at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
According to the Clark County Coroner’s office, the performer’s death, originally reported from a 50-foot fall, was ruled accidental. She died of blunt force trauma, the coroner says.
Guyard-Guillot’s death is said to be the first from an onstage accident in the performing troupe’s three-decade history.
“Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the choreographed fight,” an audience member said shortly after the terrifying incident. “But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.”
Soon after, it was announced in the theater that ticket refunds were being offered and the auditorium was cleared.
Future scheduled performances of the show have been suspended until further notice.