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Cirque du Soleil performer falls in 'Wheel of Death' during Las Vegas show

A fallen performer is tended to on stage during a Cirque du Soleil performance at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Friday night. Courtesy Lance Arberry
<p>A male artist at a Cirque De Soleil production in Las Vegas slipped and fell during a performance on Friday night, according to the organization.</p> <p>The incident came just a few days after Cirque du Soleil was told it would be fined in the death of another performer. </p> <p>The acrobat was performing in an act known as the "Wheel of Death" during the 7 p.m. showing of the "Zarkana" stage production at the <a href="http://www.arialasvegas.com/cirque/zarkana" target="_blank">Aria Resort and Casino</a> when he slipped and fell off the wheel, according <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Zarkana" target="_blank">to a statement</a> on the group’s official Facebook page.</p> <p>The performance was stopped and the artist was taken by ambulance to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, according to Cirque de Soleil spokesman Ann Paladie. He was in stable condition Saturday and was expected to be released in the next few days.</p> <p>Paladie said the acrobat was previously a performer in the group’s production "KOOZA" prior to performing in "Zarkana."</p> <p>NBC affiliate KSNV in Las Vegas reported that the Clark County Fire Department confirmed it responded to a call that someone had fallen about 20 feet.</p> <p>"Zarkana" includes Cirque du Soleil's signature acrobatics far above the stage. A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/theater/reviews/cirque-du-soleils-zarkana-at-radio-city-review.html" target="_blank">reviewer of the show when it was playing in New York in 2011</a> said that more than once he had the urge to jump from his seat and yell, "Get down from there."</p> <p>On Tuesday, federal officials said they would fine Cirque du Soleil more than $25,000 and the MGM Grand hotel another $7,000 over workplace violations in the June 29 death of a performer. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, fell 94 feet during a performance of the show "Ka" when a wire rope she was suspended from failed.</p> <p> <em>NBC's Gil Aegerter contributed to this report. </em> </p>