The acrobat fell from a suspended cage at a crowded Madrid music festival
Pedro Aunion Monroy, 42, had traveled all the way from south London to perform his acrobatics in front of 35,000 people at the Spanish music festival Mad Cool on Friday.
Monroy had trained at the Madrid Royal Conservatory, and had worked as a choreographer on a Spanish reality TV show. He was performing an acrobatic stunt in a suspended cage prior to headlining band Green Day’s performance.
Following Monroy’s fatal fall, Green Day took the stage to perform, later saying they were unaware anything had happened after receiving attacks from fans who were disgusted with the decision to continue to perform.
A statement from Green Day read: “We just got off the stage at Mad Cool Festival to some disturbing news. A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life here tonight in a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
The organizers of Mad Cool festival took to Twitter to make an official statement, saying: “Mad Cool Festival regrets the terrible accident that an aerial dancer has suffered during the second day of the festival.”
They went on to add: “For security reasons, the festival decided to continue with the event. We offer our sincere condolences to the dead man’s family. Today we will pay tribute to the artist during the festival.”
Tributes to Monroy appear on social media
Monroy’s sister declared that her brother had died “doing what he liked best”.
Friend of the deceased, Anne Dublanc, said: “From the first time we met in that dodgy classroom, to teaching you the third conditional, laughing at your accent, dancing and chanting in your flat in Brixton . . . I love you Pedro, your happiness, your strength, your wisdom keep flying over us.”
The Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmen, tweeted: “Pained to learn of the death of this acrobat while he was doing his job at Mad Cool.”