Funeral held for Brighton acrobat who died in Madrid show

Latest news

    Pedro Aunión MonroyImage copyright Pedro Aunión Monroy/Facebook
    Image caption Pedro Aunión Monroy was a trained dancer, specialising in aerial stunts

    The funeral for a Brighton acrobat who died during a performance has been held in Spain, a family friend has said.

    Specialist aerial dancer Pedro Aunión Monroy was suspended in a cage during the Mad Cool festival in Madrid on Friday when he plunged 100ft to his death.

    A Buddhist ceremony was held on Saturday and a Catholic cremation carried out earlier.

    His friend Gary Taylor said Mr Monroy was a “huge bundle of energy”.

    He told the BBC a Prince song was played during the funeral for the Portslade-based dancer, and his ashes will be buried with his grandmother’s in Spain on Monday.

    Image caption Gary Taylor has paid tribute to his ‘kind and energetic’ friend

    “Pedro and his partner Mike are both Buddhists and [Mike] said afterwards it was a very powerful experience,” Mr Taylor said.

    “Pedro was a huge ball of energy, a very big character and a very kind man.

    “I’ve got a lot of funny memories, but far too few memories now. He was a big showman and died as you might expect, with an audience.

    “His family are lovely… they are all devastated and shocked.”

    Image copyright Facebook
    Image caption Mr Monroy’s last Facebook post before his death

    Mr Monroy died between performances by Alt-J and Green Day, and paramedics spent 30 minutes trying to revive him.

    It is unclear at this stage what caused the fall.

    Mr Taylor said he expects there will be an investigation into the circumstances, as the Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, had told the family she wanted to know exactly what happened.

    Image copyright European Photopress Agency

    Mr Monroy had his own performance company, In Fact Aerial Dance, based in Brixton, London, and previously worked as a self-employed massage therapist at The Grand Hotel, Brighton.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40547843

    In statement on the 45,000-ticket sell out festival’s website, directors Javier Arnaiz and Farruco Castromán said they did not initially inform the audience or the bands the fall was fatal because of “security reasons”.

    In the same category are

    Noah Lyles runs fastest 100m of year in 9.88secs Noah Lyles (left) won 100m gold at the Under-20 World Championships in 2016American Noah Lyles ran the fastest 100m of the year to win the US nationa...
    Explosion hits Ethiopia PM rally Image copyright EPA Image caption Abiy Ahmed became prime minister after his predecessor resigned in February An explosion has shaken a rally for ...
    What do people in CAR make of envoy Boris Becker? Former tennis champion Boris Becker has told the BBC he has a genuine diplomatic passport issued by the Central African Republic (CAR), despite CAR of...
    Travelers Championship: Rory McIlroy three shots off lead, Paul Casey two Rory McIlroy is sixth in the PGA rankingsTravelers Championship round-two leaderboard-10 B Harman (US); -9 M Jones (Aus), R Henley (US), Z Johnson (U...
    ‘Don’t swim with wild dolphins’ warning after Cardigan Bay picture Image copyright Jonathan Evans Image caption Boat skipper Jonathan Evans caught the incident on camera People have been warned to keep their dista...
    Rockwell Kent, the Gaeltacht, Cold War and Annie McGinley Image copyright Courtesy of Plattsburgh State Art Museum Image caption "Annie McGinley" now rests in a private collection in New York When I first...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.