Double amputee dancer David Toole dies at 56

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Double amputee dancer David Toole dies at 56
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DAVID Toole, the double amputee dancer who performed a breathtaking routine at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, dies at 56.

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David, who was awarded an OBE in 2019 for his services to dance and people with disabilities, will be fondly remembered for his ballet-inspired routine while being hoisted high above the stadium floor in 2012.

Tributes have flooded in for the 56-year-old, who was born sacral agenesis, meaning his legs did not develop properly, after it was announced that he died in a Leeds hospital this week.


“Dave was so many things, our darling, wonderful, opinionated, glorious, silly, funny, kind, sexy, loving and wise friend,” said Jenny Sealey, the artistic co-director of the London 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony.

“And of course, an extraordinary performer and a unique brilliant dancer,” she concluded.


Speaking about the incredible double amputee dancer, Alan Lane, artistic director of Leeds-based Slung Low theatre company, said: “We are all so sad to hear of Dave Toole’s passing. It was such a privilege to make so many adventures with him.

“He had an extraordinary talent; he was a brilliant actor and the very finest dancer we’ve ever seen,” he concluded.

Our thoughts and prayers go to David’s friends and family.

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