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DanceWorks Chicago artistic director Julie Nakagawa announced today that company member Marco Antonio Huicochea Gonzalez "suffered a life-ending accident" as a result of a "freak occurrence during a rehearsal break" Monday. No further details were yet available; the Cook County Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy.
Marco Antonio Huicochea Gonzalez grew up in Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico, and was a recent graduate of Mexico's National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance. He joined DanceWorks Chicago last year. Here's a look at what was lost:
Update: According to the medical examiner, Gonzalez died of blunt force trauma to the head and had been "struck by a falling object." A Chicago Police Department spokesman said he "suffered a fall while using a large steel acrobatic ring" at about 4 PM Monday in a rehearsal space at 5066 N. Kimberly. The spokesman subsequently clarified that "he was struck by the ring on the back of the head." Gonzalez was 22.