Cirque du Soleil "Luzia" employee dies in San Francisco

Cirque du Soleil

The accident happened around 6:45 p.m. near AT&T Park when a piece of machinery struck Rochette.

"I am heartbroken", Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre said in a statement released Wednesday, after Rochette's family had been notified.

He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died, Gatpandan says.

"We can not confirm our employee's identity at this time as his family has yet to be reached", the statement continued.

SFPD Traffic Collision Investigation Unit and CAL-OSHA will remain on the scene to determine the cause of the accident.

The performance of Tuesday's show was canceled due to the incident. We are now gathering more information about this tragic accident and will update you with more details as soon as we are in a position to do so. Performances began earlier in November and will be staged through the end of January.

The death could bring more scrutiny about safety at the company.

"Our thoughts are with Gilles, his family and all Cirque du Soleil employees", the company said in a statement.

Cirque du Soleil frequently brings its spectacular productions to the Bay Area, and Bernstein said Cirque du Soleil has had a clean safety record in California over the last five years.

A show in Sacramento scheduled for Wednesday night was cancelled.

The aerialist died in front of the audience at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. The Sacramento show, which runs from Wednesday to December 4, is called "Toruk: The First Flight", which is inspired by the movie "Avatar".

The son of one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil has died in an on-set accident.