Cirque Du Soleil Performer Killed in Fall During Show
updated 06/30/2013 AT 05:35 PM EDT
•originally published 06/30/2013 AT 03:50 PM EDT
The incident occurred at MGM Grand's Ka, the same evening the company celebrated the opening on its 8th Vegas show, Michael Jackson ONE.
In a statement released by a spokesperson, the performance organization, saying, "The entire Cirque du Soleil family is deeply saddened by the accidental death," also said, "The artist’s immediate family has been informed of the accident. Our thoughts are with her family and the entire Cirque du Soleil family."
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, in his own statement, added: "I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news."
He went on to say, "Sassoon was an artist with the original cast of Ka since 2006 and has been an integral part of our Cirque du Soleil tight family. We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family."
The organization said it is been working with the appropriate authorities and is offering it full cooperation. All performances of Ka have been cancelled until further notice.
This is the first reported death in the famed acrobatic company's 30-year history. A comment from Cirque officials is expected Sunday afternoon.
According to audience members, the performer was suspended by a wire during the latter part of the show when she simply fell.
One audience member Tweeted about the incident, saying the "wire snapped" and the performer "fell fast & awkwardly at least 50 feet".
The show was canceled after the incident.
Las Vegas Sun journalist John Katsilometes was first to report the tragedy.