Green Day Respond To Backlash Over Continuing Concert Following Death Of Acrobat

Festivalgoers left fuming after acrobat plunges 100ft to his death but Green Day show goes on

An acrobat plunged to his death at a music festival just minutes before US rockers Green Day took to the stage.

The organizers say they decided not to cancel the performance by American rock group Green Day following the accident "for security reasons".

An official statement from the organisers' Twitter feed, posted overnight, said: "Mad Cool Festival regrets the awful accident that an aerial dancer has suffered during the second day of the festival".

Green Day, seen here performing in Cleveland in 2015, took the stage as scheduled, saying on Twitter they were only told of the death after their set.

Green Day - the headliners at the Mad Cool festival in Madrid - are believed to have gone on stage afterwards without being told of the tragedy.

"In that sense, Pedro AuniĆ³n was a person committed to art that deserves all the respect and admiration".

In the video included in this article, the Prince song "Purple Rain" was playing, while Monroy was performing in a light spectacle within a box suspended 30 meters (almost 100 feet) above the stage.

Ignacio Martin said: "Shame on you Mad Cool Festival".

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He wrote: "I can't wait to see my handsome boyfriend".

His sister confirmed his death in an online post, according to the Sun.

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".

"We offer our honest condolences to the dead man's family".

Due to the tragic event at Mad Cool this evening we felt it was not appropriate to play.

"Tomorrow, Saturday 8, during the festival, we will pay a heartfelt tribute to the artist". She added that the family is "torn apart" over his death.

Alt Press sends our condolences to Monroy's family and friends.

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