The mastermind of last year's Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, has paid tribute to the event's James Bond stuntman Mark Sutton as a "gentle and thoughtful" man following his reported death in a wingsuit flying accident.
Mr Boyle told the Evening Standard: "The show was built from so many contributions from so many people, none finer and braver than Mark Sutton's.
"On behalf of everyone in the show we were all honoured to have him worked with him and to have known him as a friend and a professional."
He added that Mr Sutton's death would be a "huge loss to his profession" and said "all our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues".
Olympic parachutist Mark Sutton's reportedly fatal accident is understood to have happened on the first day of a three-day wingsuit event near Martigny, in the Valais canton, near the French border.
Mr Sutton had been very experienced in using the special jump suits, which increase the surface area of the body and act like a parachute wing, allowing users to glide through the air at high speeds.
A video on Mr Sutton's YouTube account shows him in several wingsuit flights, including this one near Riva del Garda in northern Italy in August last year, which he introduces with a reference to Team GB:
A British stuntman who parachuted into the Olympic Park dressed as James Bond during the London 2012's opening ceremony has reportedly been killed in an accident.
Mark Sutton, 42, crashed into a mountain ridge in the Swiss Alps yesterday and is understood to have died on impact, The Times has reported.
He had been invited to take part in a wing-diving event with 19 other wing-suit pilots, which involved being filmed jumping from helicopters. The cause of the accident is not yet clear.
Mr Sutton took part in one of the most memorable sequences of the Olympics ceremony when, dressed as Daniel Craig's 007, he parachuted into the stadium with a fellow stuntman, who was dressed as the Queen.