An acrobat tragically fell 100ft to his death moments before Green Day took to the stage during Madrid’s Mad Cool festival.

It is believed around 35,000 people witnessed the performer fall around from a cage suspended above the Spanish crowd.

Pedro Aunion Monroy, the 42-year-old who lived in Brighton, took to the stage after Alt-J’s performance to fill the gap until Green Day arrived.

Facing a wave of criticism, Green Day carried on as usual and played their full set just 30 minutes after Mr Monroy suffered the fatal fall but the American band were unaware of what had just happened.

It is widely reported that a number of fans left the performance ‘in protest’ of what they had just witnessed.

[MORE] – Green Day release statement after tragic Mad Cool Festival death.

Upon leaving the stage, Green Day tweeted their condolences to the performer: “We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to some disturbing news,” they wrote.

“A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life here tonight in a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

42239FAA00000578-4676738-image-m-2_1499506843513In an attempt to swerve criticism for carrying on the festival, an official statement from the organisers’ Twitter feed, said: “Mad Cool Festival regrets the terrible accident that an aerial dancer has suffered during the second day of the festival.

“For security reasons, the festival decided to continue with the event. We offer our sincere condolences to the dead man’s family.

“Today we will pay tribute to the artist during the festival.”

Rest in peace, Pedro.

[MORE] – Mad Cool Festival explain why the event wasn’t stopped after tragic death of performer. 

 

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