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Raphael Cruz (September 5, 1986 - January 26, 2018) was an American acrobat, clown, and actor. Cruz is known for having played the lead role of Buster, a Buster Keaton inspired character, in the cinema themed Cirque du Soleil production Iris.[1][2][3]

Raphael Cruz
BornSeptember 5, 1986
DiedJanuary 26, 2018
OccupationAcrobat, clown, actor

Cruz died in Paris on January 26, 2018 from heart and lung failure.[4]


  1. ^ Chan, Bryan (September 14, 2011). "Cirque du Soleil performers before and after photos". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Lewis, Raha (June 16, 2011). "First Look: Costumes for Cirque du Soleil's 'Iris' are part of the spectacle". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Hodgins, Paul (September 26, 2011). "Cirque's 'Iris' is a feast for the senses". Orange County Register.
  4. ^ "Acrobat-actor Raphael Cruz, recently at Lookingglass, dies in Paris". Chicago Sun Times. January 29, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2018.

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