Professional dancer Jonathan Ollivier has died in a motorbike accident, hours before he was due to perform in the final show of Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, his family have confirmed.
Jonathan, 38, was killed as he rode his motorbike through Clerkenwell in central London this morning, Scotland Yard said, and his family have since paid tribute to the star.
His sister Rachel Ollivier wrote on Facebook: “To all my beautiful little bro friends, it is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that Jon tragically died today. We love him and will miss him massively xx”.
Ollivier, from Northampton, played the role of Luca in Bourne’s show.
He was on his motorbike when he collided with a black Mercedes saloon car shortly after 11am this morning.
Police, paramedics and an air ambulance tried to save his life, but he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before noon.
The driver stopped and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He is currently in custody at a central London police station.
Ollivier’s next of kin have been informed.
His fellow cast were said to be “shaken” after the accident and tonight’s show by the dance company New Adventures was cancelled.
Theatre-goers were turned away from the door and told by staff the production had been cancelled “due to a tragic accident”.
In an email to patrons the theatre said: “On behalf of the company New Adventures, we regret to inform patrons that tonight’s performance of The Car Man at Sadler’s Wells has had to be cancelled due to a tragic accident earlier today.