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Carla Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas High-Wire Act Dies at 85

The performer died of natural causes in Sarasota, Florida, on Saturday morning, according to her son Rick Wallenda.

Carla Wallenda, a member of The Flying Wallendas and the last surviving child of the troupe’s founder, has died. She was 85.

The performer died of natural causes in Sarasota, Florida, on Saturday morning, according to her son Rick Wallenda, who shared a copy of her obituary on Facebook.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of one of the greatest performers of all time, and my mother, Carla Wallenda,” he wrote. “Just one day after the anniversary of my brother Mario’s passing.”

Born on Feb. 13, 1936, Carla was the daughter of Helen and Karl Wallenda, a high-wire artist who founded The Flying Wallendas, a group known for performing dangerous stunts without the use of a safety net.

Carla began her career at the age of 4 when she appeared on the Warner Brothers newsreel Hi-Wire Lay Off with Lou Jacob and Little Carla, in which she walked across a high-wire, according to her biography on The Flying Wallendas’ website…

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