Acrobat falls to death prior to Green Day’s headlining set at Mad Cool Festival

The band has drawn criticism for deciding to perform as scheduled

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Photo via The Sun UK

A high-flying acrobat fell to his death at Spain’s Mad Cool Festival on Friday night. The acrobat, identified only as Pedro, was performing in between sets by alt-J and the night’s headliner, Green Day, when the tragedy occurred. Paramedics attended to him at the scene, but he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to the Mirror.

Green Day’s set was delayed 30 minutes, but ultimately the band took the stage and followed through with their scheduled performance. Strangely enough, a post-show tweet indicated the band didn’t learn of the incident until after they had concluded playing. “We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news,” the band wrote. “A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life tonight in a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Understandably, some fans criticized both Green Day and festival organizers for not canceling the performance.

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