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Cirque stunt shelved after fall

Cirque du Soleil chiefs have temporarily removed the Wheel of Death stunt from one of their Las Vegas Strip shows after an acrobat was injured while performing on it.

Cirque spokeswoman Ann Paladie said the company expected the artist to be released from the hospital shortly.

The unidentified acrobat was performing in Zarkana at the Aria Resort and Casnio on Friday when he slipped and fell off the wheel.

The act features two people who perform high-risk feats atop and inside a pair of spinning wheels rotating high above the stage. Ms Paladie said the wheel had been replaced with an aerial strap act.

The accident happened four months after a Cirque acrobat died in a fall during a performance of the show Ka at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

AP

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