The life of a promising young dancer was cut short Monday by a "freak occurrence" during a break at a Chicago dance troupe's rehearsal space.
Marco Antonio Huicochea Gonzàlez, 22, died in the Albany Park studio while rehearsing with his group, DanceWorks Chicago. A steel acrobatics ring fell and hit him in the back of the head, according to CBS Chicago, and emergency crews were unable to revive him.
(See a video of Gonzàlez performing below.)
On Tuesday, DanceWorks updated Gonzàlez's bio with a message that read in part:
"It is with great sadness that DanceWorks Chicago shares the following news:
On Monday, January 13, 2014, there was a freak occurrence during a rehearsal break, and DanceWorks Chicago Dancer Marco Antonio Huicochea Gonzàlez suffered a life-ending accident. His family has been notified. There is nothing further to share about this tragedy."
An autopsy confirmed the cause of Gonzalez's death was blunt force trauma to the head from a falling heavy object, the Sun-Times reports, and his death was ruled an accident, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.
According to his DanceWorks biography, the Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico native came to Chicago and joined the company just last year. Gonzàlez had studied dance since age 11 in cities around the world, including New York and Paris.
A spokeswoman for the Mexican Consulate in Chicago said it notified Gonzàlez's family back home, according to ABC Chicago.
ABC went on to describe Gonzàlez as an "energetic, powerful, athletic and precise" dancer who was "just making his mark here in Chicago."