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Extreme stuntman Mark Sutton dies

August 15, 2013, 13:08 UTC+3

Olymic ‘James Bond’ killed in accident in Switzerland

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LONDON, August 15 (Itar-Tass) – Mark Sutton, a world famous stuntman and extreme athlete, who parachuted as 007 at the 2012 Summer Olympics ceremony in London, has tragically died in Switzerland after colliding with a mountain ridge in Switzerland during a wingsuit helicopter jump, said BBC radio.  

Former army officer, 42-year-old Sutton was wing-diving with an aerial acrobatics team in Switzerland. Apart from the wingsuit, a special uniform which allows wearer to soar like a bird using strong air currents, the British stuntman had a parachute to guarantee safe landing. BBC radio reported that jumping from a helicopter at an altitude of around 3 kilometers in the vicinity of Martina city, Sutton crashed into a mountain ridge; he died on impact.

An investigation into the cause of this tragic incident is underway.

Mark Sutton became famous among general population when he performed during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London. The parachutist played James Bond, paradropping to the Olympic stadium along with another stuntman, who played Queen Elizabeth II.

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