Disturbing footage shows the moment a Russian actor is crushed to death during a live performance at Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Theatre on Saturday.
Yevgeny Kulesh, 38, somehow became trapped underneath the massive backdrop during a set change during the opera performance — as actors and the orchestra unwittingly continue on with the act.
One man on stage cries out after he realizes what’s happened. The music then slows to halt, while panicked actors franctically wave their hands for help.
“Stop, stop! Call an ambulance, someone got hit by the backdrop! There’s blood!” the man yells in Russian.
The stunned crowd gasps from their seats as the curtain is suddenly shut.
Harrowing photos show Kulesh’s crushed body below the set. He was declared dead