Bulgarian Stuntman Dies in Florida Disney World

Society | August 19, 2009, Wednesday // 13:27|  views

Police and health and safety officials are investigating the tragic death of a Bulgarian stuntman at Florida's Disney World. Photo by sxc.hu .

A Bulgarian stuntman has died at Disney World in Florida, the Sun reports Wednesday.

Anislav Varbanov, 30, suffered a brain injury when he fell while practicing a "tumbling roll" in an attempt to recreate an Indiana Jones action scene.

Varbanov is the third worker to die in six weeks at the Orlando, Florida attraction.

The Bulgarian stuntman had been preparing for a half-hour show which recreates scenes from Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Indiana Jones films starring Harrison Ford, and reveals secrets behind stunts and special effects.

The show called Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular had been taking place in the Hollywood Studios section of the park. It featured an Indy lookalike jumping from an exploding aircraft and beating villains.

Performances have been canceled while police and health and safety officials investigate.

In July, a 21-year-old monorail driver was killed at the park when two trains crashed, and performer Mark Priest died last week after being injured in a mock pirate sword-fight.

One year ago, a Bulgarian university student, Stanislav Dragnev, was hit by a roller coaster at an amusement park in New Jersey and died two days later at the Jersey Shore Hospital.

Dragnev, who had a summer job as a broadwalk ride operator in the Casino Pier amusement park, was hit by a coaster car on the back of his head as he was standing up after picking a kid's hat off the ground.

The doctors at the hospital discovered that the student was in a condition of brain death and could not breathe without the life support equipment.

The medical staff explained the situation to his father Nikolay Dragnev, who arrived to the USA as soon as he was informed about the incident with his son.

After an additional consultation with a neurologist, the father gave his agreement for the turning off of Stanislav's life support.

Dragnev had arrived in the US in May 2008 on a work and travel visa. Between 7000 and 9000 Bulgarian university students each year travel to the States for summer jobs.



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