An Acrobat Falls To His Death At Spanish Music Festival

Pedro Aunion Monroy's partner was reportedly watching him perform live for the first time when he died

An acrobat performing at a Madrid music festival fell almost 100 feet in front of an audience of 35,000 on Friday.

Green Day is taking heat for playing their gig less than 30 minutes after the tragedy, but the band issued a statement saying they weren't informed of Monroy's accident until they walked off stage.

The organizers of the Mad Cool festival expressed their condolences to the acrobat's family in a statement Saturday, saying they "regret the awful accident". Thoughts go out to the family of the performer.

"We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news", they wrote. "For security reasons, the festival made a decision to continue with its programming", organizers wrote.

"In that sense, Pedro Aunión was a person committed to art that deserves all the respect and admiration".

He had been living in the United Kingdom with his British partner working as director of performing arts company In Fact based in Brighton, Porstlade. As The Mirror reports, it is believed Monroy was secured with a harness around his waist, which then snapped, causing him to plummet to the ground "like lead" according to witnesses.

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His sister confirmed on social media today the artist had lost his life after falling 100ft from a suspended cage in front of 35,000 people at the Mad Cool Festival.

"I can't wait to see my handsome boyfriend", he wrote in a Thursday Facebook post, featuring a drawing of the two.

Just a few days before the festival, he posted a picture and a last message on Facebook of himself and his partner which said "love, come to my arms".

After only a slight delay, Green Day's set continued as scheduled.

"He was doing what he liked most, a show at Mad Cool".

'We offer our honest condolences to the dead man's family. Organizers went on to say a heartfelt tribute will be paid to the artist at Saturday night's concert. She added that the family is "torn apart" over his death.

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