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Cirque du Soleil officials remove Zarkana stunt following accident

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Nov 06, 2013 | 2:47pm EST

Cirque Du Soleil theatre producers have temporarily removed a daring stunt from their Zarkana show in Las Vegas after an acrobat was injured during a weekend (01-03Nov13) performance. A male artist has hospitalised on Friday (01Nov13) after slipping and falling from the Wheel of Death, which features two people performing inside a pair of spinning wheels which rotate high above the stage at the Aria Resort and Casino. He is in a stable condition and is expected to be discharged this week (begs04Nov13), but the accident has prompted Zarkana officials to take the Wheel of Death out of the show. The acrobat's fall was the latest headline-grabbing incident to involve the famed Cirque du Soleil circus troupe - performer Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died from multiple blunt force trauma after falling 90 feet (27.4 metres) during a Ka performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in July (13). Coroners ruled her death an accident, but last week (31Oct13), Nevada's health and safety chiefs fined company bosses, proposing they pay more than $25,000 (£15,600), while suggesting a $7,000 (£4,670) penalty for executives at the MGM Grand hotel. Cirque du Soleil producers have vowed to fight the fines.

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