Friday, September 4, 2009

Eli Thompson 1973 - 2009

Sad news went through the community the past weekend.

Eli Thompson sadly is no longer among us, as he suffered fatal injuries due to an accident that occurred while working on a special wingsuit BASE shoot for a new 3D movie with the RedBull AirForce.

Eli Thompson is concidered one of the grandfathers of freefly, who helped push the sport and dicipline to the great heights it has reached today.
He was also a host and stuntman for many movies and TV shows and subject of several documantary videos/DVDs.

From the RedBull Airforce website:
It absolutely devastates us to have to write that earlier today in Lautterbrunnen, Switzerland, our brother Eli passed away. Words will never be able to sum up any person’s life and the effect that they had on the world. This is especially true when speaking of Eli.

The smallest guy on the team had the biggest presence in any room or any airplane. Eli’s story is one of love and innovation. He fell in love with flying at the age of 19. From his first jump he was hooked. It was that love that pushed him to innovate in the sport. As one of the pioneers of freeflying he changed the perception of what it meant to be a skydiver. His ideas and his vision made him part of skydiving history and earned him multiple World Championships and World Records.
Most impressive was his love and dedication to his family. There is no doubt that his wife and two beautiful daughters were his first priority. You could see the smile on his face, over the phone, when he announced that he and Sarah were expecting a little boy. His eyes would light up whenever they were around or whenever he could brag about them. Eli was a textbook example of a loving husband and a perfect father.
His love for life was infectious making each minute pure magic. Eli’s passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts and our lives. He was and always will be the man. Thank you for all the good times man. We love you.

A special memorial website has been created for Eli, to help raise funds for Eli’s family.

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