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Acrobat dies on stage in Madrid festival, Green Day plays right afterwards

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Acrobat Dies Before Green Day's Set at Music Festival in Spain

"We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news. A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life tonight in a tragic accident," band says

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An acrobat died after plunging over 100 feet while performing a feat prior to Green Day's Friday night headlining set at Spain's Mad Cool Festival. Mondadori Portfolio

An acrobat died after plunging over 100 feet while performing a feat prior to Green Day's Friday night headlining set at Madrid, Spain's Mad Cool Festival.

The acrobat, Pedro Aunión Monroy, was performing an aerial stunt from inside a box that was suspended from a crane at the time of the accident, the Independent reports. Although it appeared that Monroy was wearing a harness, he plunged to the ground in front of thousands of stunned festivalgoers.

Paramedics rushed to the scene, but Monroy died soon after from injuries sustained in the fall. He was 42. Video of the deadly accident can be seen here.

After only a slight delay, Green Day's set continued as scheduled. According to the band, they weren't notified of Monroy's death until after their performance.

"We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news. A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life tonight in a tragic accident," Green Day tweeted. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Both Mad Cool and Green Day were accused of insensitivity for resuming the festival so soon after the acrobat's fall. In a statement, Mad Cool organizers defended their decision to continue on despite the crowd witnessing a deadly accident.

"Mad Cool Festival regrets the terrible accident that the aerial dancer suffered during the second day of the festival. For security reasons, the festival decided to continue with its programming," organizers wrote. "We send our most sincere condolences to all his family. Tomorrow Saturday 8, during the festival, we will render a heartfelt tribute to the artist."

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That is so sad. 😢😢😢😢😢

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His boyfriend was there to see him perform for the first time. Heartbreaking.

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The acrobat:

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Sorry that tragedy happened. 

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I think it's fucked up they went on with the show. Green Day claim they were informed after they got off stage and had they known they would've cancelled. The organizers say they didn't cancel because they feared the public reaction, I'm less inclined to believe that. I think they knew letting the band know would mean a cancellation and people would want refunds. So they decided "the show must go on".

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13 hours ago, Je5u5 said:

The acrobat:

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OMG! He was so beautiful! HEARTBREAKING! The festival should have stopped!!!

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:sadface:    RIP

 

The show should have been stopped

No excuses (or lies)

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On 9/7/2017 at 9:10 PM, MadFan said:

His boyfriend was there to see him perform for the first time. Heartbreaking.

Ay noooo! 😢

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