A trapeze artist died after a fall and hit her head during a practice session while she was locked up.
29-year-old Uruguayan Guadalupe Videla hit her skull on the ground after jumping about a meter or two and missing a safety mat a few inches.
She was rushed to the hospital, but died hours later.
The tragedy took place in the Spanish town of Beasain, where the artist had been with the circus she worked for since mid-March.
A routine police investigation into her death is underway.
Guadalupe, an experienced trapeze artist, had 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 she will continue to show off her beauty and talent and the fantastic smile she has always given 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. “
Devastated friend Paola Tapia said, “Fly your wings and fly so high that sadness never reaches you.
“Fly so fast that you will overcome your setbacks.
“You lived your life the way you wanted and you traveled the world the way you wanted.
“You were happy and you became an angel, my friend. Follow your path with those wings you’ve always dreamed of.
“We will miss you so much. My heart is broken, but you would tell me, ‘My friend is not crying.’
Guadalupe’s love for the circus had taken her to Spain, Argentina and Panama, among others.
A few months before her death, she shared a 2013 photo with friends of hers with her first tattoo and joked, ‘My first tattoo and that’s how I started. Let’s go for more. “
Her devastated colleagues hope to perform in Beasain in early June as soon as the circus reopens due to a relaxation of the lockdown restrictions.
The accident that led to her death happened while she was practicing for a new show with other acrobats.
Ringmaster Pele Rossi said, “If she’d been higher when she fell, she’d have had time to turn around.”