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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 9, 2021: A police car is seen outside Moscow's Bolshoi Theater. On October 9, 2021, actor Yevgeny Kulesh was crushed to death by a falling prop during a performance of the Sadko opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)
A police car is seen outside Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre (Picture: Tass)

A performer at Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theatre was crushed to death by a falling prop on stage.

Yevgeny Kulesh, 37, was killed by the piece of scenery as it was lowered for a set change.

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Witnesses said the actor appeared to exit the stage on the wrong side during the performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera ‘Sadko’ on Saturday night.

Footage reportedly shows distraught performers begging staff to lift the prop in front of a horrified audience.

It’s believed the crowd initially thought it was a staged trick before someone called out ‘call the ambulance, there is blood’.

‘The opera was immediately stopped and the audience was asked to leave,’ the theatre said.

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FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the empty hall of the Bolshoi Theatre, in Moscow, Russia March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File Photo
The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world (Picture: Reuters)

Investigators said they were probing the circumstances surrounding the shocking death.

Sources told local media they believed the falling prop was a ramp.

The Bolshoi, one of the world’s most prestigious theatres, has been struck by tragedy in the past.

In July 2013, a senior violinist died after falling into the orchestra pit.

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