Cirque du Soleil performer Yann Arnaud fell to his death during a performance in Tampa, FL on Saturday — and now the acrobat's preliminary autopsy results have been released. According to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's report, the 38-year-old's official cause of death was basilar skull fractures with contusions and subarachnoid hemorrhages of the brain due to blunt impact to the head and neck.
Yann — who leaves behind a wife and two daughters — lost his grip and plummeted 20-30 feet to the ground. First responders noted he had "labored breathing" and "required intubation on scene." The examiner added that, on the way to the hospital, the "decedent was noted to have facial swelling, both orbits with ecchymosis. Imaging was performed and revealed large right hemothorax and multiple rip fractures." During an emergency thoracotomy, Yann went into cardiac arrest and died at 3:33 a.m. on March 18.
A statement from Cirque Du Soleil read, "While he was performing the aerial straps number, long-time aerialist Yann Arnaud fell onto the stage. Emergency procedures were immediately activated and Yann was transported to the nearest hospital, where he later passed away from his injuries." The statement continued, "We are currently gathering more information about this tragic event. We are offering our full and transparent collaboration to the authorities as they look into the circumstances of this accident."
Yann had been performing with the company for 15 years, and he had taken his family along for the ride. He was married to Inna Gorelova and had welcomed a daughter with her, his second child. Inna's Instagram check-ins match Volta's tour schedule; and earlier this month, during the show's residency in Tampa, Yann and Inna took a family trip to Walt Disney World in nearby Orlando. "Love is an adventure," she wrote on Instagram in her latest upload, a March 7 pic Yann had taken of her and their two-year-old in front of Cinderella's Castle. Our thoughts are with their family and friends during this difficult time.