An acrobat specialist in aerial dance fell 100 feet and died during Mad Cool Festival in Madrid


He was performing an aerial stunt from inside a box that was suspended from a crane at the time of the accident. It’s unclear what happened with Mr Monroy’s equipment which caused him to fall. He plunged to the ground in front of thousands and died soon after from his injuries. Paramedics spent 30 minutes trying to revive him. Green Day’s  continued as scheduled. The first band’s members and even the audience weren’t notified of Monroy’s death and even until after their performance.

Paramedics in action after accident

Slowdive, which was due on stage after Green Day, suspended its performance, saying: “Due to the tragic accident in Mad Cool this night we feel it is not appropriate to play. Our thoughts are with those affected.” Mad Cool organizers defended in a statement their decision to continue on despite the crowd witnessing a deadly accident. They promised to render a heartfelt tribute to the artist during the Festival. The mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, has also tweeted to say she was sorry to hear of the death and sent “a loving embrace to your family, friends and colleagues”. Mr Monroy had his own performance company, In Fact Aerial Dance, based in Brixton, London.


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