A TRAPEZE artist trapped in a Spanish town because of the coronavirus pandemic has died after falling during a practice session.
Guadalupe Videla, 29, from Uruguay, smashed her skull on the ground in a freak accident in the town of Beasain, in the north of the country.
The gymnast plunged around five feet and missed the safety mat by inches.
She was rushed to hospital but died hours later.
The accident that led to her death occurred as she was practising for a new show with other acrobats.
Circus director Pele Rossi insisted Guadalupe may not have died if she had fallen from a greater height.
He said: “If she had been higher up when she fell she would have had time to twist round.”
Guadalupe had been stranded in the town, east of Bilbao, since March with Il Circo Italiano – a company she had only recently joined.
‘AN ANGEL LEFT US’
A police investigation is underway into her death.
Circus bosses paid tribute to Guadalupe on social media, writing: “An angel left us.
“We will always miss the way she made the impossible possible.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Guadalupe will always be in our hearts.”
Devastated friend Paola Tapia said: “Beat your wings and fly so high where sadness never reaches you.
“We are going to miss you so much. My heart is broken but you would tell me, ‘My friend don’t cry.”
As well as Spain and Argentina, Guadalupe’s love of the circus had taken her to countries including Panama.
Her devastated colleagues are hoping to start performing in Beasain at the start of June once an easing of lockdown restrictions enables the circus to re-open.
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