Coroner: Cirque du Soleil Performer Fell Twice as Far as Initially Reported

Cirque du Soleil - Ka

Investigation into accident could take six months

The Clark County Coroner’s office says Cirque du Soleil aerialist Sarah Guyard-Guillot fell some 90 feet Saturday night — almost twice the distance reported initially — and died of blunt force trauma.

Guyard-Guillot fell during the climactic sequence of “Ka” at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Saturday night. It was Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever onstage fatality.

The Coroner’s office ruled the death an accident and said the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting an investigation that could take up to six months to complete.

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  1. Mary says:

    They are involved because this was a work place injury that resulted in death. If they were doing it without pay, OSHA would not be involved.

  2. Kindenver says:

    Wow. So many people think OSHA is responsible. This woman had a risky job and she knew it. It was tragic and sad but the government cannot save is from everything. Sometimes safeguards fail.

  3. These types of accidents are preventable by placing a thick rubber type or inflatable mat on the floor I find it insane that these performers have to risk their lives to put on a display for an audience. Then just remove the safety apparatus when a floor display is performed.

    • sdcausa says:

      There is no “thick rubber mat” that will save you from a 90 foot fall, that’s what the safety harness is for. Generally a fall from 30 or more feet results in very serious to fatal injuries.

  4. Hewson Kim says:

    OSHA taking 6 months for investigation into a trapeze fall is another story. Worthless is too kind for them.

  5. Fred Garvin says:

    I always miss the “Great” shows.

  6. BluntForceTrauma says:

    I love the “Dropped One” water commercials on a page about a woman falling 90 feet in the circus. So appropriate!

  7. JustPlainFolks says:

    I worked backstage at “O” for 7 years and their concern for the safety of the performers and stagehands is an obsession of the first water. (no pun intended)
    I am sure that ALL the Cirgue shows have those very high standards.

  8. senatorkang says:

    So it goes. OSHA won’t let you sell lemonade without a rubber mat on the grass to make sure that the customers don’t fall down, so I really don’t see why they would let this go on. In fact, I’m sure OSHA would outlaw giving birth, if they could get by with it.

    As far as performing a dangerous routine like this- people ought to be able to take whatever informed risks they want to, just like skydiving. I don’t see OSHA getting involved with skydiving deaths, so I don’t see why they have a place here.

    Power, it’s all they want; and they’ll do with it whatever they choose.

  9. Robert says:

    You can die doing or not doing anything in life. The fact that this is their first fatality in 30 years with lots of shows per year and many performers with multiple acts per show should indicate that proper precaution is taken. The benefits to health and life gained from the many performers during this time is significant. Don’t poo poo it upon a few moments of reflection.

  10. Syd says:

    Like motocross triple-jumps, please stop the death-defying stuff. I personally do not appreciate it and do not like to see talented people die or become paralyzed while trying to entertain me.

    • Tex says:

      The thing is if you find these sorts of a acts too dangerous, then you have a choice: DON’T WATCH THEM. No one is requiring you to be “entertained” by stunt performers. No one forces you to buy a ticket to the show, watch the act on tv, or even read about it later on in the news. Your comment is amazing. You should take ownership for the things you watch rather than demand everyone around you change to suit your preferences.

    • senatorkang says:

      Just so you know, they are not doing it to entertain YOU. They are doing it because it’s what THEY want to do. They would do it (or something equally as dangerous) if no one were to watch. Everybody is going to die. Some do it while performing dangerous stunts, others do it from sitting on the couch (or anywhere else) too much.

      • Michael says:

        Really? So if nobody watched or wanted to watch they wouldn’t do it? They’d build the stage in their back yard if there was no Cirque show? You’d think we’d have free circuses then since they’re doing it for their own amusement.


    • Mark says:

      Well… Perhaps because YOU don’t like it, maybe you could petition your local liberal representative to make a law against it. Ever think that the world doesn’t revolve around you and that there are other people in this world that do like and appreciate these performers hard work and devotion.

  11. Tonja Walker says:

    Terribly sad. These shows are breathtaking and almost surreal. It’s just terrible that this very talented performer died. I hope it wasn’t negligence.

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