"Indy" Disney performer dies from injury in rehearsal

Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:28 AM | Contributed by RatherGoodBear

Stunt performer Anislav Varbanov, 30, was fatally injured during a rehearsal for the "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular." He was doing a tumbling roll after 7 p.m. when he was hurt. Disney workers dialed 911 at 7:34 p.m. to report that a cast member sustained a head injury. Varbanov was rushed to Florida Hospital Celebration Health, where he was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m., Orange County sheriff's deputies said.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:30 AM

That's sad. My thoughts and hopes go out to all involved.

Last edited by FLYINGSCOOTER, Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:57 AM
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:50 AM

[read story]

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:44 PM

First the accident at Captain Jack's show, now this...just wow.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 6:49 AM

Wow, more sad news. Sounds like lots of bad luck for Disney employees this summer. :(

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 9:00 AM

They say things go in 3's. Hopefully this is the end ot Disney's problems this year.

My condolences to the family and friends.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 10:37 AM

WSJ reports that federal and state investigators are now involved in looking into these deaths.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 11:47 AM

What's to look into though? These guys do stunt work, however minor, and in both cases they just did something weird and got hurt. I mean, when gas explosions go off at the wrong time, yeah, those are things in their control, but this is just some crazy random stuff. You'd think that would be common sense and prevent wasting money on investigations that have no other conclusion.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 1:49 PM

Jeff said:
What's to look into though? These guys do stunt work, however minor, and in both cases they just did something weird and got hurt. I mean, when gas explosions go off at the wrong time, yeah, those are things in their control, but this is just some crazy random stuff. You'd think that would be common sense and prevent wasting money on investigations that have no other conclusion.

I agree, especially with the last two, as those were freak accidents (hell, the pirates on happened two weeks AFTER he hit his head and was still on sick leave.) I think it's the Govt just "making sure", like they would if any other major employer had 3 employee deaths due to work in 3 months.

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