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Cirque du Soleil aerialist who died after fall was performing act for first time, he said on Instagram

TAMPA — On the day of his fatal fall during a show in Tampa, a Cirque du Soleil acrobat posted on Instagram that he would be performing a new act for the first time.

"After so much work and training and staging, our straps duo act is finally in the show tonight. It’ s time to go for it," veteran aerialist Yann Arnaud said in the post Saturday.

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Arnaud lost his grip on an aerial ring and fell to the stage Saturday night during a performance of the show "Volta" in Cirque du Soleil tents erected for the Feb. 14-March 18 show at Tampa Greyhound Track.

Cirque du Soleil said it will investigate the incident. The Tampa Police Department is also investigating, although a department spokesman said in a statement that the fall appeared to be accidental.

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An autopsy was scheduled Monday by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office, Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said.

Fans and loved ones expressed their condolences on social media.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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