Acrobat dies after falling 100-ft at Madrid music festival

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

An acrobat has died while performing a feat prior to Green Day's headling set at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain.

Event organisers released a statement following their performance apologising for the accident and confirming the festival would continue "for security reasons", a decision many attendees criticised as "insensitive".

Mad Cool organizers said in a statement released on Saturday that it "regrets the awful accident", adding that Green Day was allowed to perform for "security reasons". Thoughts go out to the family of the performer.

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.

"For security reasons, the festival chose to continue with its programming".

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

Pedro Aunion Monroy, 42, plunged 100ft to the ground in front of 35,000 festival goers while descending in an illuminated box when his harness snapped, and despite receiving medical attention he sadly later died.

"I can't wait to see my lovely boyfriend", he wrote in a Thursday Facebook post, featuring a drawing of the two.

The dancer's last Facebook post was made just hours before his death.

"To all the friends of my brother Pedro Aunion Monroy". "He was doing what he loved the most". She added that the family is "torn apart" over his death.

"We are all very sad to hear the news, it is the most awful news and our hearts go out to his friends and family", Mosley told BBC. "Tomorrow Saturday 8, during the festival, we will render a heartfelt tribute to the artist". "I will never return to Mad Cool or Green Day", one man tweeted.

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