Acrobat plummets to death in rock music festival in Madrid

Disturbing footage shows the acrobat falling from the box in front of 35,000 people in the crowd at the Mad Cool Festival in Spain

The festival defended its decision, saying security officials advised them to move ahead with Green Day's performance.

They were horrified as Pedro Aunion Monroy, who lived in Brighton, fell 100ft from a cage suspended above the ground.

"I was so looking forward to seeing you again".

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

The 42-year-old, who is reported to have been living in Brighton, was a respected performer and was the director of an aerial dance company, called In Fact. "We are torn apart".

Madrid police were then seen speaking with the festival organizers before the show was allowed to continue after around 30 minutes. "A very fearless artist named Pedro lost his life tonight in a tragic accident", Green Day tweeted afterwards.

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Green Day tweeted after the performance to say: "We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news".

USA band Green Day went on stage shortly after the accident, apparently unaware of the tragedy. Our thoughts go out to those affected.

In a final Facebook post on Thursday, he posted a picture of him with his boyfriend, writing: I can't wait to see my handsome boyfriend. "I will never return to Mad Cool or Green Day", one man tweeted.

"Thoughts go out to the family of the performer".

"Mad Cool Festival regrets the awful accident that the aerial dancer suffered during the second day of the festival", a spokesman said.

"We offer our honest condolences to the dead man's family. Tomorrow Saturday 8, during the festival, we will render a hearfelt tribute to the artist". "For security reasons, the festival chose to continue with its programming", organizers wrote.

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