Acrobat plunges to his death moments before Green Day performance

The second day of Spain’s Mad Cool Festival took a tragic turn when concertgoers watched in horror as an acrobat fell almost 100 feet to his death during a stunt.

According to the Mirror, the aerialist was performing Friday night in a cage high above the stage when the harness around his waist somehow snapped causing him to plunge to the ground. The terrifying accident happened moments before Green Day was set to take the stage.

In video posted on social media, the acrobat is seen dancing in a brightly lit box to Prince’s “Purple Rain.” The footage doesn’t show the aerialist fall, but people in the crowd can be heard screaming.

Police and rescue workers immediately rushed out to the stage to tend to the man. The acrobat dancer, identified as Pedro, was later confirmed dead as a result of his injuries.

The cause of the accident is being investigated.

The Mirror reports that the festival was delayed 30 minutes, but Mad Cool organizers decided to move ahead with the scheduled performances. The decision angered many concertgoers who took to Twitter to slam the festival and Green Day for performing after the tragic accident. 

Fans were angry at Green Day for performing following the tragic death.

(Kiko Huesca/EPA)

“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,” a statement on the festival’s website read. “We send our most sincere condolences to all his family. Tomorrow during the festival we will render a heartfelt tribute to the artist.”

In a tweet, Green Day told fans that they were unaware of what happened until after they finished performing.

“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,” the band wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

The band Slowdive was also scheduled to perform Friday night but said in a tweet that because of what happened they were canceling their performance.

“We felt it was not appropriate to play. Our thoughts go out to those affected,” it read.

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