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Danny Boyle pays tribute to 'gentle' Olympic stuntman

Danny Boyle has said the reports of Mark Sutton's death in Switzerland was "such sad news". Credit: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

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".

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Wingsuit death came during extreme sports video trip

Swiss police have said the fatal wingdiving accident occurred among a group who were in the region as guests of a company that makes extreme sport films for the internet.

Although police have yet to confirm the victim's identity, he is understood to be Olympic stuntman Mark Sutton.

Police, though, said: "The victim, a Briton, was 42 years old. He was staying in Chamonix (in France) with 20 followers, considered among the best in the world in this discipline."

Tributes have been paid to Mark Sutton, including from his close wingsuit colleague Gary Connery, following his reported death. Credit: YouTube/Mark Sutton
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Swiss police confirm Briton's death in wingsuit jump

Swiss police have confirmed that a 42-year-old British man has died after a wingsuit jump close to the French border.

The Valais canton said the man, understood to be Olympic stuntman Mark Sutton, jumped with a friend from a helicopter above the Grandes-Otannes area.

Swiss police have issued a photo of the area of Trient where London 2012 stuntman Mark Sutton is understood to have died. Credit: Valais Police Department

Police said the pair jumped from a height of 10,826ft (3,300m) at around 11:00am yesterday and had planned to land close to the hamlet of Le Peuty, near Trient.

They said a preliminary investigation suggests that he hit a ridge.

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Olympic stuntman was 'smart, articulate and funny'

Wingsuit expert Gary Connery has told The Sun that his fellow Olympic stuntman Mark Sutton was "smart, articulate and funny", adding:

In any sport where you share a common bond you can make friends in a heartbeat that last a lifetime. My relationship with Mark was like that.

As well as teaming up for London 2012's opening ceremony, the pair also worked together on Mr Connery's successful maiden jump without a parachute, which made headlines around the world in May 2012.

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Parachutist's stunt buddy sent out safety warning

The stunt parachutist who played the Queen to Mark Sutton's James Bond during the Olympic opening ceremony warned of the dangers of sky jumps yesterday:

It is unclear if Gary Connery's message was sent before or after Mr Sutton's reported death.

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