A trapeze artist who had been performing for 13 years with Circus Vasquez fell to his death Sunday during a Southern California show near Los Angeles in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area.
The performer was participating in a trapeze act which involved swinging from a rope without a net. The performer's grip apparently slipped, and he fell head first more than 40 feet to his death.
After the fall, the band reportedly began playing to try and divert attention away from the accident, but it was too late. A crowd of more than 500 children and their parents witnessed the incident during the show, which happened to be on a designated "children's day."
The circus act was scheduled to move on to another location in California, but the tour is on hold pending investigation. No other details are available at this time.