The harrowing moments an Egyptian circus worker was attacked by a lion during a live show was caught on camera by a member of the shocked crowd.

Lion tamer Islam Shaheen died on Monday, two days after he sustained serious injuries while performing tricks with the large jungle cat.

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According to Al Arabiya, the 35 year old had worked in the circus industry for 10 years and was killed by a 200kg South African lion, a recent addition to the show.

Video of the incident, witnessed by up to 200 people in Alexandria, shows Shaheen and a colleague prompting the lions to jump and climb ladders to loud music.

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