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Circus thanks Providence for its support after accident

The owners of the circus that saw nine of its performers injured in an accident last weekend in Providence released a thank you note Friday to the people of the city.

“From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at Feld Entertainment want to thank you for the overwhelming care and positive energy you’ve focused on our circus family in the days following the unfortunate accident,” Feld Entertainment said in a statement. “We are deeply touched by the kind thoughts that have been shared.”

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The accident happened Sunday during a “human chandelier” stunt in which performers hang by their hair at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The statement also commended the first responders, medical teams at Rhode Island Hospital, and personnel at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

“We deeply appreciate your continued thoughts, prayers, and support, and we look forward to bringing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey back to Providence next year and for many years to come,” Kenneth, Nicole, Alana, and Juliette Feld said in the statement.

Doctors at Rhode Island Hospital said Wednesday that two acrobats who fell about 20 feet to the ground during the act suffered spinal cord injuries so severe that it was unclear whether they would be able to perform or even walk again.

Eight acrobats were injured when they fell after a steel fastener gave way, causing the apparatus they were dangling from to collapse. A ninth performer on the ground was also injured.

The accident is under investigation.

Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane
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