Most read story: Cirque du Soleil performer dies after plunging 12 metres during live US performance

A Cirque du Soleil performer has died after plunging to the ground from 12 metres up during a live performance in the US.

The death of 38-year-old Yann Arnaud was announced on Cirque du Soleil's Twitter account today.

The announcement said that Mr Arnaud died while performing his aerial straps routine during the show VOLTA in Tampa Bay Florida on Saturday night (local time).

He was taken to hospital after the fall where he was later pronounced dead.

"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy," Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group president and CEO Daniel Lamarre said.

The final two VOLTA shows in Florida have been cancelled pending an investigation into the accident.