Worker killed in Cirque du Soleil accident was cofounder’s son

This undated image released by The Publicity Office shows a scene from Cirque du Soleil's "Toruk," inspired by James Cameron’s movie “Avatar.” The Montreal-based hyperactive circus company plans for two traveling shows, "Kurios" and "Toruk," to land in New York City next fall, as well as "Paramour" this spring specially designed for a Broadway theater. (Errisson Lawrence/The Publicity Office via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The man who died in a Cirque du Soleil accident Tuesday night in San Francisco has been identified, according to a Cirque du Soleil spokesperson.

At around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, police confirmed on Twitter that an employee has died in the accident. The incident happened near AT&T Park on the corner of Third Street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard.

At around 6:31 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a traumatic injury. An adult male was found with traumatic, life-threatening injuries, requiring CPR, firefighters said. He was taken to a nearby hospital.

He later died, police said.

The man has been identified as Olivier Rochette from Quebec, Canada. Rochette was a technician for the show ‘LUZIA.’ His father, father Gilles Ste-Croix, is one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil.

The CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Lamarre, released the following statement, “I am heartbroken. I wish to extend in my name and in the name of all Cirque du Soleil employees my sincerest sympathies and offer my full support to Gilles and his family. Olivier has always been a member of our tight family and a beloved colleague.”

Tonight’s Wednesday, November 30, 8 p.m. performance of LUZIA has been cancelled. Cirque du Soleil will determine the status of tomorrow’s performances at a later time.

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