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Cirque du Soleil to resume Las Vegas show after acrobat's death

July 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cirque du Soleil is resuming performances of "Ka," the show in Las Vegas where an acrobat fell about 90 feet to her death in front of the audience, the company announced Sunday.

"Ka" will open again Tuesday night at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, but it will not include the final aerial battle scene that resulted in the June 29 death of 31-year-old Sarah Guillot-Guyard, spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard said.

The decision to resume the show was made after a consultation with the performers and staff of the production. Tuesday night's performance will be dedicated to Guillot-Guyard.

Coroner's officials said Guillot-Guyard's death by blunt force trauma was an accident. She was still in her harness when she fell. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation.

Audience members say they initially thought the acrobat's fall was part of the show. They say they realized something had gone wrong when they heard other performers scream.

The death was the first stage casualty in the company's 29-year history, according to Cirque du Soleil officials.

Guillot-Guyard, a mother of two, had been with the original cast of "Ka" since 2006, and had been an acrobatic performer for more than 20 years, according to Cirque officials. Born in Paris, she is also listed as the head coach at Cirquefit, a program that offers acrobatic fitness classes for children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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