Update: 1 p.m. Tuesday: The cast and crew of Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA announced that they will resume their regular performance schedule tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. In a statement, the company wrote: "Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank fans, friends, family members, the San Francisco community and the entire Cirque du Soleil family from around the world for their love and support through these difficult times."
“According to an outside source that reported it to Cal/OSHA, the maintenance worker was struck in the head by an aerial device," said Cal/OSHA public information officer Julia Bernstein.
The deceased employee, Olivier Rochette, was 42, and he was the son of Gilles Ste-Croix, one of the founders of the globetrotting, Montreal-based circus troupe. A statement released by Cirque du Soleil following the news of Rochette's death said his father has been informed of the accident.
“The entire Cirque du Soleil family is deeply saddened by the accidental death of Luzia technician, Olivier Rochette," said Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre in a statement released Wednesday. "Olivier has always been a member of our tight family and a beloved colleague."