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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".

Watch: Mark Sutton charted his experiences with wingsuits on YouTube

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:

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all you jumpers/flyers out there, stay safe, make wise choices and know your limits and your locations live to tell your stories one love

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

Read: Stuntman Gary Connery jumps from 2,400ft without parachute

Olympic parachutist was experienced with wingsuits

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:

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