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Tragic death plunge by Spanish acrobat

A SPANISH acrobat-dancer, based in the Sussex resort of Brighton, fell 100ft to his death from a suspended cage in front of around 45,000 spectators during a Madrid concert.

The tragedy occurred on the second day of Spain’s Mad Cool Festival last Friday night, shortly before US headline act Green Day were set to take the stage.

Shocking videos posted on YouTube showed the moment when the harness around the waist snapped, leaving him toppling.

Rescue workers and police rushed to help the 42-year-old, Madrid-born acrobat from the cube, which had been hoisted above the stage, it was understood, as part of his tribute to Prince. But he was later confirmed dead as a result of his injuries.

Officers from the Judicial Police began analysing videos of the incident, just a few metres from the Caja Mágica site’s main stage. They were trying to establish why the safety harness failed, or whether he had fastened it properly.

They have interviewed members of the festival’s organisation team, and members of the crew, who were on the stage when Pedro fell to his death.

He was a highly-experienced acrobat and dancer, who also owned a studio for sports massage and acupuncture therapy in Brighton. In addition, he was director of the “In Fact” performing arts company, also based there, which performed under the Ciadehecho name in Spain.

The festival was delayed for about 30 minutes, but organisers decided to continue with the scheduled performances.

The decision angered many concert-goers, who took to social media to criticise the festival, and the Green Day band for performing after the accident, even though they knew nothing of the tragedy.

A statement by the organisers read: “Mad Cool Festival regrets the terrible accident, but for security and safety reasons, the festival decided to continue with its programming. We send our most sincere condolences to all his family.”

Later that day, they released a longer press statement, explaining, among other things, that they decided not to cancel the event to prevent causing panic among the crowd.

And on Twitter, Green Day told fans they had no idea of what had happened until after their performance.

“We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news.” the band wrote. “A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life tonight in a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

The American rock band also hit back at criticism that they “ignored” the tragedy, claiming they were half-a-mile away and were unaware of the incident.

The group’s front-man, guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, posted a lengthy statement on their website refuting the criticism. He said the band were told there was some sort of security issue causing a delay and had “no clue” about what had happened.

His comments came as a full investigation began into the talented Spaniard’s death, to determine if it had been down to human error or external factors.

It was believed that the entertainer might have had trouble with his safety ropes as he performed breathtaking tricks in the box suspended over the audience.

Many of the spectators thought it was all part of the act, or that a dummy had fallen on to the stage.

The horrific accident happened as the performer was descending in an illuminated box for a stunt during a break between British Band Alt-J and Green Day.

 

 

 

 

 

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