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Green Day: We Didn't Know About Fatal Stunt

Band played set after acrobat plunged to his death

(Newser) - Green Day are not "heartless people," and they "most likely" would have called off their performance at a music festival in Spain Friday night if they had known that an acrobat had fallen to his death just before they came on, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says. Armstrong... More »

Wallenda's Teeth-Hanging Record Broken—by His Wife

Erendira Wallenda performs stunt 300 feet above Niagara Falls

(Newser) - Those wild Wallendas: Erendira Wallenda, the aerialist wife of Nik Wallenda, successfully hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls on Thursday, pulling off the stunt precisely five years after her husband walked a tight rope over the falls. The 36-year-old mother of three was tethered to a... More »

9 Ringling Acrobats Hurt in Fall

Performers dropped between 25 and 40 feet

(Newser) - Nine acrobats were seriously injured today after falling 25 to 40 feet from an aerial platform during a circus performance, a safety official said. The accident happened at around 11:45am during the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' Legends show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. Providence... More »

Cirque du Soleil Acrobat Hurt in 'Wheel of Death' Stunt

Just days after $25K fine imposed in June death of acrobat

(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... More »

Blindfolded Acrobat Survives 650-Foot Fall

6th-generation acrobat, Aisikaier was going for world record

(Newser) - A blindfolded Chinese acrobat attempting to walk backward on a tightrope for 2,300 feet across a 650-feet-deep gorge with no safety harness fell just short of his goal—and survived with just minor injuries, reports the Telegraph . The tightrope walker, Aisikaier, tumbled with just 130 feet to go, but... More »

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