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Ringling Brothers Circus

Circus performer dies after 30 foot fall

23 May, 2004

Dessi Espana, 32, falls 30 feet, landing on a concrete floor. The fall happens while Espana is twirling on long chiffon scarves as part of an aerial performance. No safety harness is used due to the movements in the performance. This is the first fatal accident in a Ringling Bros. circus in a decade.