Acrobat falls to death during horror stunt at music festival
A BRITISH-based acrobat who died after falling 30m from a suspended cage at a music festival posted a heartbreaking message to his boyfriend the day before his death.
Spaniard Pedro Aunion Monroy, 42, plunged to his death in front of in front of 35,000 people shortly before headliners Green Day came onstage in Madrid.
The Sun reports In a tragic final Facebook post, written on Thursday, he posted a picture of him with his British boyfriend, writing: "I can't wait to see my beautiful boyfriend.
"Love, come to my arms!!!!!"
According to social media profiles, Mr Monroy was a highly experienced dancer and acrobat who also owned a sports massage and acupuncture therapy studio in Brighton.
He was director of In Fact performing arts company based in Portslade, Brighton, which performed under the name Ciadehecho in Spain.
The aerial expert is believed to have also had links to Brixton, south London.
His sister posted online confirming his death.
She wrote: "To all the friends of my brother Pedro Aunion Monroy. I'm sorry to tell you that he died today.
"He was doing what he liked most, a show at Mad Cool. We are torn apart."
Fans slammed Green Day online for continuing the show, with one writing: "I'm ashamed of you".
Another wrote: "I watched the guy fall and can't believe no one said anything. I will never return to Mad Cool or Greenday,"
And one Spanish fan tweeted the band saying: "I don't think so, it's impossible that you didn't know what had happened, shame on you and the festival's organisers."
The punk band has since tweeted: "We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news.
"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."
Disturbing footage shows the moment the acrobat fell to his death above the crowd.
He was performing a stunt in a small cage during the Prince song Purple Rain when tragedy struck.
British actor Adrian Randle who was at the festival wrote: "I couldn't in good faith stay to watch Green Day perform after that.
"Thoughts go out to the family of the performer."
Paramedics were seen treating the acrobat at the scene, but he died of his injuries.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo said the show was delayed for about 30 minutes as police spoke with festival organisers before the show was allowed to continue.
In a statement, the festival's directors said they decided to continue the festival for "security reasons".
They said: "Mad Cool Festival regrets the terrible accident suffered by an aerial dancer during the second day of the festival.
"For security reasons, the festival decided to continue with its programming.
"We send our sincerest condolences to all of his family.
"Tomorrow, Saturday 8, during the festival, we will pay a heartfelt tribute to the artist."
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.