Cirque Du Soleil Artist Dies After Fall in Vegas

The performer known as Sassoon was a 22-year veteran of acrobatic shows and taught fitness to children using circus skills

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    Sarah Guillot-Guyard, known as Sassoon, fell to her death during a performance of KA in Las Vegas.The performer's family visited San Diego this weekend for a military graduation.They did not want to talk about Sarah's death at this time. NBC 7's Bob Hansen reports. (Published Monday, Jul 1, 2013)

    A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas.

    Sarah Guyard-Guillot was pronounced dead late Saturday night at a hospital after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage.

    Cirque Performer Falls to Her Death

    [DGO] Cirque Performer Falls to Her Death
    Sarah Guillot-Guyard, known as Sassoon, fell to her death during a performance of KA in Las Vegas.The performer's family visited San Diego this weekend for a military graduation.They did not want to talk about Sarah's death at this time. NBC 7's Bob Hansen reports. (Published Monday, Jul 1, 2013)

    Witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun that the accident occurred near the end of the production Saturday night at the MGM Grand.

    One family shared a photo taken with Guyard-Guillot, known as "Sassoon," after the 7:00 p.m. performance.

    Sassoon died when she slipped free of her safety wire during the 9:30 p.m. show.

    That show was stopped, then canceled.

    The mother of two young children was declared dead at a Las Vegas hospital.

    Cirque officials issued a statement saying they were "deeply saddened" by the death and that performances of "Ka" have been canceled until further notice.

    Sassoon was a 22-year veteran of acrobatic shows. Besides her own acrobatic career, Guyard-Guillot also taught children.

    She was the head coach at Cirque-Fit, a school that taught physical fitness using circus skills.

    On the school's Facebook page, one parent wrote: "We will miss her terribly! She was an amazing teacher."

    Her family visited in San Diego this weekend for a military graduation. They did not want to talk about her death at this time.