Acrobat dies after falling from cage at Mad Cool festival in Spain

Green Day criticised for continuing to perform

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GRA603. MADRID, 07/07/2017.- Miembros de los servicios sanitarios intentan reanimar a un acr�bata que participaba en un espect�culo de entretenimiento en el intermedio de los conciertos de Alt-J y Green Day, dentro del programa del festival Mad Cool en Madrid. EFE / Kiko Huesca.

A British-based performer has died after falling 100ft from a suspending cage at the Mad Cool festival in Spanish capital Madrid.

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Pedro Aunion Monroy, 42, plunged to his death in front of 35,000 people just before headliners Green Day were to perform on stage at the music festival.

The band was criticised for continuing to play their show but said they were unaware he had died while they were performing.

One social media user wrote: "Ashamed of you. An artist died just 20 meters from you and you still play. Worst band on the planet".

Another festival-goer said: "Im (sic) leaving the Madcool after an acrobat died mid show, and no one in the organisation said anything."

Writing on Twitter, Green Day said: "We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news. A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life tonight in a tragic accident."

Monroy, who was Spanish, lived in the UK and worked as a director of a performing arts company in Brighton, the Daily Telegraph reports.

He was given first aid but died at the scene.

The Daily Mirror reports that he was performing a stunt in a cage above the crowd when he fell. The harness around his waist is believed to have snapped, according to witnesses.