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Circus Performer Dies From Fall During Show

The Nation | IN BRIEF / MINNESOTA

May 24, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

A circus performer who fell 30 feet onto a concrete floor during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show in St. Paul died of her injuries. Dessi Espana, 32, was twirling on long chiffon scarves when the silky cloth gave way during Saturday's performance, witnesses said.

"We are starting an investigation into the death," Police Sgt. Rick Klein said. "We don't suspect foul play, but we will be trying to collect the rope or [part] that broke."

Espana was not using a safety harness because of the way she had to move in the performance.

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