Cirque du Soleil performance takes deadly turn

A veteran aerialist fell during a performance in Tampa; he did not survive the fall.
1:28 | 03/19/18

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Back here at home, a performance in Florida taking a deadly turn. An aerialist thrown to the ground, and he did not survive. Whit Johnson has the details. Reporter: A Tampa audience, thousands captivated as acrobats swing overhead. Then, horror. These images showing the performer plummeting to the hard stage below. They had a performer that fell from an unknown height. Reporter: Cell phone video capturing the chaos, and emergency response. They were even scared to touch him or move him so I feel like us as the audience, we were scared to move or speak. Reporter: The tragedy happening Saturday night in Tampa, Florida, at the show "Volta," by cirque du soleil. Neither one of us has ever seen anything like that, and it was shocking to everyone. Reporter: Tonight, cirque du soleil confirming the man who fell is Yann Arnaud, a veteran aerial straps specialist. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died. On his Instagram page, Arnaud posting this video of his "Volta" solo act. Tonight, the circus company releasing a statement saying, the entire cirque du soleil family is in shock, and devastated by this tragedy. But it's happened before. In the past decade, cirque du soleil has had several on-stage accidents, including its first fatality in 2013. Cirque du soleil is canceling the rest of its weekend "Volta" shows in Tampa. Police are investigating the accident. Tom? Whit, thank you. We head to Puerto Rico,

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