December 1, 2016 3:19 pm
Updated: December 1, 2016 3:36 pm

Cirque du Soleil cancels shows after fatal accident

The opening of Cirque Du Soleil's "Luzia."

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Cirque du Soleil “Luzia” has cancelled its San Francisco shows through Friday and hired psychologists to counsel cast and crew members in the wake of an accident that killed a technician earlier this week.

But the show in town for another eight weeks will go on.

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Cirque du Soleil chief executive officer Daniel Lamarre said 42-year-old Olivier Rochette was killed Tuesday night when a movable aerial lift, sitting on a slope in the big tent, toppled over and hit him in the head.

Rochette, the father of four children, is the son of Gilles Ste-Croix, one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil.

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Lamarre said he will reopen the show once psychologists say that the cast and crew are ready.

Police and investigators with the state’s workplace safety regulator are investigating the accident.

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