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'James Bond' Olympics Skydiver Dies in Accident

Mark Sutton hit mountain ridge while wing-diving
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2013 10:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mark Sutton, the stuntman who parachuted into the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond, died in a wing-diving accident yesterday. Sutton, 42, jumped from a helicopter at 10,826 feet in Switzerland wearing a "wingsuit," an aerodynamic jumpsuit that increases the body's surface area and allows the wearer to glide through the air before parachuting to the ground. But Sutton hit a mountain ridge, the Guardian reports.

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Sutton was one of the best wingsuit pilots in the world, according to the editor-in-chief of Epic TV, which films extreme sports for online viewing and had invited Sutton to take part in a non-competitive event; he died on the first day. Another participant says Sutton "flew out of sight" before the accident occurred. A statement from Epic TV says he "immediately died upon impact." (Read more James Bond stories.)

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