Published January 28, 2009
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A performer with an aerial acrobatic troupe fell to his death Tuesday during a show in front of hundreds of people in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark says the 30-year-old man fell during what he described as a Cirque du Soleil-type performance in which the man slowly unravels his body from a sash while suspended in the air.
But Clark says "something went tragically wrong," and the man fell on his head in front of a crowd of about 750 inside the Bird's Next party and concert tent at the FBR Open golf tournament.
Clark says the man was with a five-person troupe called Aerial Artistry.
He says the fall was caught on film and that investigators will review it to see how the accident happened.
Clark says everyone who saw the fatal fall is "absolutely stunned."