British stuntman dies in wingsuit mishap

He wasn't a competitor, but Mark Sutton still got one of the biggest cheers of the 2012 Olympics.




Sutton, who was killed during a wingsuit jump in the Alps this week, was the skydiver who parachuted into London's Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony dressed as James Bond, alongside another stuntman disguised as Queen Elizabeth II.

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Gary Connery's wingman Mark Sutton during the final test training flights from Monte Brento on May 2012 in Italy. On Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Gary Connery, professional Hollywood stuntman will perform a 3,000ft BASE jump without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary will be wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as Gary descends, although he will need to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he will approach at speeds in excess of 90mph. (Photo by Mark Sutton/Gary Connery Archive/Getty Images)
Gary Connery's wingman Mark Sutton during the final test training flights from Monte Brento on May 2012 in Italy. On Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Gary Connery, professional Hollywood stuntman will perform a 3,000ft BASE jump without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary will be wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as Gary descends, although he will need to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he will approach at speeds in excess of 90mph. (Photo by Mark Sutton/Gary Connery Archive/Getty Images)
Gary Connery's wingman Mark Sutton during the final test training flights from Monte Brento on May 2012 in Italy. On Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Gary Connery, professional Hollywood stuntman will perform a 3,000ft BASE jump without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary will be wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as Gary descends, although he will need to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he will approach at speeds in excess of 90mph. (Photo by Mark Sutton/Gary Connery Archive/Getty Images)
THAMES, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Stuntman Gary Connery (R) and his wingman Mark Sutton pose on May 22, 2012 in Henley-on-Thames, England. On Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Gary Connery, professional Hollywood stuntman will perform a 3,000ft BASE jump without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary will be wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as Gary descends, although he will need to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he will approach at speeds in excess of 90mph. (Photo by Gary Connery Archive/Getty Images)
THAMES, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Stuntman Gary Connery (R) and his wingman Mark Sutton pose on May 22, 2012 in Henley-on-Thames, England. On Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Gary Connery, professional Hollywood stuntman will perform a 3,000ft BASE jump without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary will be wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as Gary descends, although he will need to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he will approach at speeds in excess of 90mph. (Photo by Gary Connery Archive/Getty Images)
THAMES, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Stuntman Gary Connery (R) and his wingman Mark Sutton pose on May 22, 2012 in Henley-on-Thames, England. On Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Gary Connery, professional Hollywood stuntman will perform a 3,000ft BASE jump without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary will be wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as Gary descends, although he will need to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he will approach at speeds in excess of 90mph. (Photo by Gary Connery Archive/Getty Images)
A performer in the role of Queen Elizabeth II parachutes out of a helicopter hovering above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
A performer in the role of Queen Elizabeth II parachutes out of a helicopter hovering above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
A performer in the role of Queen Elizabeth II parachutes out of a helicopter hovering above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Sky divers dressed as the Queen and James Bond parachute from a helicopter over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at Olympic Park in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Sky divers dressed as the Queen and James Bond parachute from a helicopter over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at Olympic Park in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Sky divers dressed as the Queen and James Bond parachute from a helicopter over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at Olympic Park in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
A performer in the role of Daniel Craig as James Bond parachutes out of a helicopter with a Union Jack parachute during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
A performer in the role of Daniel Craig as James Bond parachutes out of a helicopter with a Union Jack parachute during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
A performer in the role of Daniel Craig as James Bond parachutes out of a helicopter with a Union Jack parachute during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Stuntman Gary Connery's cameraman Mark Sutton prepares for the jump on May 23, 2012 in Henley-on-Thames, England. Professional Hollywood stuntman performed a 3,000ft BASE jump without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary was wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as he descended, requiring him to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he approached at speeds in excess of 90mph. (Photo by Karen Sutton - Limelight Marketing/Getty Images)
Stuntman Gary Connery's cameraman Mark Sutton prepares for the jump on May 23, 2012 in Henley-on-Thames, England. Professional Hollywood stuntman performed a 3,000ft BASE jump without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary was wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as he descended, requiring him to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he approached at speeds in excess of 90mph. (Photo by Karen Sutton - Limelight Marketing/Getty Images)
Stuntman Gary Connery's cameraman Mark Sutton prepares for the jump on May 23, 2012 in Henley-on-Thames, England. Professional Hollywood stuntman performed a 3,000ft BASE jump without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary was wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as he descended, requiring him to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he approached at speeds in excess of 90mph. (Photo by Karen Sutton - Limelight Marketing/Getty Images)
Gary Connery and Mark Sutton parachute into the stadium as part of short James Bond film featuring Daniel Craig and The Queen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Gary Connery and Mark Sutton parachute into the stadium as part of short James Bond film featuring Daniel Craig and The Queen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Gary Connery and Mark Sutton parachute into the stadium as part of short James Bond film featuring Daniel Craig and The Queen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
A performer in the role of Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond parachutes out of a helicopter hovering above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
A performer in the role of Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond parachutes out of a helicopter hovering above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
A performer in the role of Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond parachutes out of a helicopter hovering above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
A man dressed as James Bond parachutes into the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
A man dressed as James Bond parachutes into the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
A man dressed as James Bond parachutes into the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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