Cirque du Soleil Acrobat Hurt in 'Wheel of Death' Stunt
Just days after $25K fine imposed in June death of acrobat
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2013 6:00 AM CST
This undated publicity photo shows artists performing during a sneak peek of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Cirque du Soleil)

(Newser) – Cirque du Soleil's "Wheel of Death" stunt got a little too real Friday night, when an acrobat slipped during a performance at Las Vegas' Aria Resort and ended up in the hospital. The performer, who CNN reports has not been named, is in stable condition and is expected to be released soon. But it's the latest safety issue for the acrobatic circus; performer Sarah Guyard-Guillot died in June when a wire broke, and Nevada's OSHA board told Cirque du Soleil on Tuesday to pay $25,000 in safety fines in her death. Cirque du Soleil has said it will appeal.

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Nov 3, 2013 10:35 PM CST
Since the guy lived they have now changed the name to the Wheel of Misfortune.
Nov 3, 2013 10:39 AM CST
You know, they have those graphics on both sides of the South MGM tower that are cast members of the show. I always wondered if the kid in the image was the one killed in June. I was there just before his death and I guess I will know if the image was changed when I go back in a couple weeks.
Nov 3, 2013 9:27 AM CST
Bait and switch. The Wheel of Hurt and Expected to Recover was only $75 a ticket