Dawn Brancheau at the Believe show, at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida, in 2006
Dawn Therese LoVerde
April 16, 1969
Cedar Lake, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||February 24, 2010 (aged 40)|
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Drowning and blunt-force trauma|
|Resting place||Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth Township, Illinois, U.S.|
Scott Brancheau (m. 1996–2010)
Dawn Therese Brancheau (née LoVerde, April 16, 1969 – February 24, 2010) was an American senior animal trainer at SeaWorld. She worked with orcas at SeaWorld Orlando for fifteen years, including a leading role in revamping the Shamu show, and was SeaWorld's poster girl.
Brancheau was killed by an orca, Tilikum, becoming the only SeaWorld trainer killed by an animal. However, her death was the third fatality associated with Tilikum, and many other trainers have been seriously injured by orcas.
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- "Years of troubled waters for SeaWorld's killer whale shows". News Advance. March 17, 2016 – via Associated Press.
- "SeaWorld trainer killed by killer whale". CNN. February 25, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2010.