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Circus Prodigy, 10, Dies in Accident

Caleb 'Flip' Kors killed in hanging accident in bedroom
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2012 12:33 AM CST
Circus Prodigy, 10, Dies in Accident
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(Newser) – A 10-year-old acrobat, juggler, and street-performing phenom has died in a mysterious hanging accident at his Washington home, leaving adoring fans stunned and bereft. Caleb "Flip" Kors was found strangled in his bedroom among his acrobatic equipment, and may have been climbing to retrieve something for a costume, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The young man died in what appears to be an accidental hanging. How he got there, we're not actually sure," said a police spokesman. "There did not appear to be anything suspicious." The boy left an indelible impression on everyone who saw him perform. "He was an amazing kid, incredible," with astounding athletic prowess and a sense of drama, said one of his teachers. "He had a way of turning an area of pavement into this special little place, a little theater."

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Caleb performed weekly next to his mom's jewelry stand at the local farmer's market in Bellingham, and was constantly exploring new material, notes ABC News. "This kid was fearless in what he was willing to do," said his teacher. "That's something that is innate, being willing to share yourself fully with a group of strangers—that openness and willingness to connect. This kid had that in spades." A Facebook memorial has been set up in honor of Caleb, and a donation site has been established to help his mom and two older brothers. The overwhelming outpouring of support "is the work of Caleb," said a statement from the family. "Even though he's not with us physically, he's still doing magic." (Read more Caleb 'Flip' Kors stories.)

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