Niagara Gazette — Closer to the Niagara area, where he dreamed of making that gorge crossing, Cochrane became a familiar figure to thousands of summer visitors for his "Skylon Tower Skywalk," starting atop the 364-foot high Niagara Falls Casino, traversing 1,250 feet, and finishing atop the 520-foot Skylon Tower. He also was an added attraction in 2005 with his popular "Niagara Casino to Hilton Skywalk in Niagara Falls. Ont.
Cochrane, 69, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday in the border city where he performed for years.
"He was a true entertainer and won the world over with his talent and exceptional skill," said Niagara Falls, Ont., Mayor Jim Diodati. "He will always be missed and be forever in the hearts of the millions of people who saw his performances." Diodati added: "Perhaps most notable was his consummate generosity and the significant donations that he raised and donated to children's charities."
Imagine what he would have done with political muscle.
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