The acrobat who plummeted nearly 100 feet to his death while performing at a Madrid music festival sent an eerie final message.
“Tonight will be even more amazing!!!!” Pedro Aunion Monroy wrote in a Facebook post hours before the ill-fated routine Friday night.
The 42-year-old acrobat was performing in a brightly lit cage to Prince’s “Purple Rain” at the Mad Cool festival in Madrid.
His harness reportedly snapped, and he went crashing down in front some 35,000 fans attending the concert’s second day.
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Medics spent 30 minutes trying to revive Monroy.
His sister confirmed his death in an online post, according to the Sun.
“To all the friends of my brother Pedro Aunion Monroy. I’m sorry to tell you that he died today,” she wrote. “He was doing what he liked most, a show at Mad Cool. We are torn apart.”
Just two days before his death, Monroy posted that he longed to see his boyfriend again.
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“I can’t wait to see my beautiful boyfriend,” he wrote in a Thursday Facebook post, featuring a drawing of the two. “Love, come to my arms!!!!!”
Monroy was a Spanish national who lived in Brighton, England.
He worked as a self-employed massage therapist who worked out of The Grand Hotel Brighton, according to his social media profile.
Andrew Mosley, the hotel’s general manager, recalled that Monroy was a popular employee.
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“We are all very sad to hear the news, it is the most terrible news and our hearts go out to his friends and family,” Mosley told BBC.
Monroy also ran an aerial dance school named “In Fact.”
His fatal fall came minutes before a Green Day performance at Mad Cool.
The punk band was panned by fans afterward for going on with the show.
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Green Day tweeted that its members weren’t aware of the tragedy until they finished their set.
“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 tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
- green day
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