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    Canadian tightrope walker Jay Cochrane dies of cancer at age 69

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    From Yahoo! Canada News:

    Celebrated Canadian tightrope walker Jay Cochrane died Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ont., at the age of 69.
    A tribute on Cochrane‘s website to the man dubbed ‘‘The Prince of the Air‘‘ says he died from pancreatic cancer.

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    Jay Cochrane’s Skywalks

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    I haven’t had a chance yet to see Jay Cochrane walk the wire from the Skylon Tower to the Hilton Fallsview tower. I’ve seen him before and thought it was an excellent show.

    Apparently there are a couple of great ways to see the walk. The first is to be there in person. You can pay for your regular admission up the Skylon Tower and you will see him walk. There are signs around the property indicating this, as well as the fact that you can see him in person just before the walk.

    The other way is from the Skywalk 2012 web site. The Hilton has a webcam and you can view the walk. Cool!

    When he was here 5 years ago, I posted a couple of videos. You can see the shorter video (30s) here:

    You can see the longer video (2 1/2 minutes) here:

     

    ‘Prince of the Air’ conquers Niagara Falls tightrope in the first of EIGHTY-ONE skywalks 600ft in the air

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    From the Daily Mail (it includes some nice pictures):

    He is called ‘Prince of the Air’ and in the first of a planned 81 death-defying walks he truly lives up to his name.

    Wirewalker Jay Cochrane ticked the first walk off his long list as he treaded the two inch wire between the Skylon Tower and Hilton Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls, Canada.

    The 68-year-old was smiling as he arrived at the hotel after a 30 minute walk across the 1,300ft tightrope last night.

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