November 30, 2016 5:18 am
Updated: November 30, 2016 10:40 am

Cirque du Soleil employee dies after accident at ‘Luzia’ show in San Francisco

Crew member dies after accident at Cirque du Soleil's Luzia show in San Francisco

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San Francisco police say an employee at the Cirque du Soleil “Luzia” show has died from his injuries in what was termed an “industrial accident.”

Officer Carlos Manfredi confirmed the death late Tuesday.

Officer Grace Gatpandan says officers responded to the area near AT&T Park after receiving a report of an “industrial accident” at the Cirque du Soleil “Luzia” tent in Lot A Tuesday evening.

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The employee died at a hospital. No other details about the incident were immediately available.

She says officers with San Francisco Police Department Traffic Collision Investigation Unit and investigators with the state’s workplace safety regulator, Cal/OSHA, are at the scene investigating.

Cirque du Soleil’s Tuesday night show was cancelled.

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The Quebec based company issued a statement early Wednesday saying the employee was a technician who was struck by a telescopic lift during the setup for the show.

It could not provide further information about the employee because his family had not been reached.

Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from nearly 50 different countries.

With files from The Canadian Press

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