Paralympics 2012 dancing star Dave Toole passed away at the age of 56.
Dave Toole, appeared in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics Games in London, has died aged 56.
He was watched by a huge number of TV audience as he performed an aerial routine suspended high above the Olympic Stadium.
He was born without the use of his legs, which were amputated when he was 18 months old.
Alan Lane, artistic director of the Slung Low theater company, described Mr Toole as an “extraordinary talent”.
Toole was a professional dancer for almost 30 years and toured the world in a number of productions. He was appointed OBE in January for services to dance and disabled people.
In an interview in 2013, Dave Tool had said his dance routines were built on his everyday movement.
“I got around on my hands at home, standing on one hand to reach up to turn lights on and off and things, so I used things like that in performing,” he said.
The dancing star further added, “It looked amazing, but to me it was no big deal. But it looked good. Things like that worked in my favour and I never questioned it because I seemed to be good at something.”
Furthermore, the Paralympics opening ceremony was watched by a TV audience of 146 million, as well as 80,000 people inside the stadium.