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Cirque Du Soleil Technician Dies Before San Francisco Show

Cirque Du Soleil Technician Dies Before San Francisco Show

A technician preparing for a Tuesday night performance of Cirque du Soleil's performance of the show Luzia at AT&T Park in San Francisco has died in a workplace accident, the Montreal-based circus troupe said Wednesday.

A statement released by Cirque du Soleil following the news of Rochette's death said his father has been informed of the accident.

The show has been canceled on Tuesday night.

"We can not confirm our employee's identity at this time as his family has yet to be reached", the statement continued. "Luzia" opened in San Francisco earlier this month and is scheduled to run until the end of January.

"We are now gathering more information about this tragic accident and will update you with more details as soon as we are in a position to do so", it stated. Gatpandan later Tuesday night confirmed that Rochette had died from his injuries.

According to BBC, a statement was issued by Daniel Lamarre, CEO of Cirque du Soleil, expressing his sorrow and grief towards Gilles Ste-Croix and the rest of those related to the deceased man, as well as his friends and other loved ones. Our thoughts are with Gilles, his family and all Cirque du Soleil employees.

The most notable was on June 29, 2013, when Sarah Guillot-Guyard died during a show in Las Vegas.

The incident comes days after Australian acrobat and Olympic gymnast Lisa Skinner was transported to a Brisbane hospital after fracturing a vertebra when she fell while performing as part of a different Cirque show. It is also the first Cirque du Soleil production to feature video projected special effects, backtrack lighting and a visually interactive set design.

She suffered a neck fracture and a broken arm after the 16-foot fall.