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October 31, 2013

Jay Cochrane 'The Prince of Air' succumbs to cancer

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Niagara Gazette — But that career began painfully, when in 1965, a tightrope at Varsity Stadium in Toronto collapsed and he suffered a broken pelvis, two broken legs and other fractures and was told he would never walk again.

Cochrane recovered by 1970, however, and ascended his first "skywire" 40 stories high between two skyscrapers to help mark the opening of the Hudson Bay Centre tower in Toronto.

Two years later, Cochrane set a world record when he walked back and forth at the Canadian National Exhibition, also in Toronto.

In 1981, Cochrane set a second world record by living on a high wire for 21 days in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Niagara Falls, Ont., Review and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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