Disney performer dies after suffering head injury


A performer was injured during rehearsal for the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Hollywood Studios.
A Disney stunt performer died Monday night after suffering an injury during a rehearsal, company and local officials said.

Walt Disney World spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez said the performer was injured while performing a tumbling roll for the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, part of the Orlando, Florida, theme park. It was the third fatal incident at the park in less than two months. Earlier this month, a performer was injured in a pirate show and later died. In July, two monorail trains collided, killing a driver. “‘We feel a sense of loss for these valued cast members,” Suarez said. She said a review would be conducted on each incident. Performers receive extensive training, she said. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department identified the performer in the latest incident as Anislav Varbanov, 30, and said he had been pronounced dead at a hospital. Watch a report on the incident ยป

Security personnel at Hollywood Studios called 911 Monday evening to say a cast member had suffered a head injury during the rehearsal, the sheriff’s department said. No other details were given. The sheriff’s department said the incident is under investigation.

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