Uruguayan Guadalupe Videla, 29, smashed her skull on the ground after plunging around five feet and missing a safety mat by inches. She was rushed to hospital but died hours later
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Trapeze artist Guadalupe Videla died after hitting her head during a practice session (Image: SOLARPIX.COM)
A trapeze artist died after falling and hitting her head during a practice session while in lockdown.
Uruguayan Guadalupe Videla, 29, smashed her skull on the ground after plunging around five feet and missing a safety mat by inches.
She was rushed to hospital but died hours later.
The tragedy happened in the Spanish town of Beasain, where the artist had been since the middle of March with the circus she worked for.
A routine police investigation is underway into her death.
Guadalupe, an experienced trapeze artist, had only just joined Il Circo Italiano after arriving from Andorra.
She had only just joined Il Circo Italiano after arriving from Andorra
Circus bosses paid tribute to Guadalupe in an emotional social media post, saying: "An angel left us.
"We know that she will continue showing off her beauty and talent and the fantastic smile she always gifted us from Heaven.
"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."
The artist died in a Spanish town
Devastated friend Paola Tapia said: "Beat your wings and fly so high where sadness never reaches you.
"Fly so fast you will triumph over your adversities.
"You lived your life as you wanted and you travelled the world as you wished.
"You were happy and you became an angel my friend. Follow your path with those wings you always dreamed of having.
"We are going to miss you so much. My heart is broken but you would tell me, ‘My friend don’t cry'."
Guadalupe was an experienced trapeze artist
Guadalupe’s love of the circus had taken her to countries including Spain, Argentina and Panama.
A couple of months before her death, she shared photo from 2013 with friends of her with her first tattoo and joked: "My first tattoo and this is how I started. Let’s go for more."
Her devastated colleagues are hoping to begin performing in Beasain at the start of June once an easing of lockdown restrictions enables the circus to reopen.
The accident that led to her death occurred as she was practising for a new show with other acrobats.
Circus director Pele Rossi said: "If she had been higher up when she fell she would have had time to twist round."