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Cirque du Soleil worker dies after San Francisco accident

An employee with Cirque du Soleil's Luzia show has died after an "industrial accident" in the US.

San Francisco Police spokesman Carlos Manfredi confirmed the death, as did Cirque du Soleil in a later statement.

Emergency services were called to the area near AT&T Park after receiving a report of an "industrial accident" at the Cirque du Soleil Luzia tent, police officer Grace Gatpandan said. The employee died in hospital.

"It is with immense sadness that we report a fatal accident," Cirque du Soleil said in a news release. "One of our employees, a technician on the show, was struck by a lift and passed away from his injuries."

The company did not release the employee's name or give any other details of the incident or how it happened.

Police said officers with San Francisco Police Department Traffic Collision Investigation Unit and investigators with the state's workplace safety regulator, Cal/OSHA, were investigating.

The Tuesday night show was cancelled.

AP

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