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Toller Cranston Dies: Olympic Figure Skating Medalist Was 65

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Toller Cranston performs a split jump at the1974 World Figure Skating Championships. (German Federal Archive/wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Monday, 26 Jan 2015 05:44 AM

Toller Cranston, the former Olympic medalist who broke new ground in figure skating with his flair for the dramatic, has died. He was 65.

Wire service AFP reported Canadian skating officials as saying on Saturday that the six-time Canadian men's champion passed away at his home in Mexico.

Cranston won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics and the 1974 World Championships.

The colorful Cranston retired from skating and eventually settled in Mexico where he still kept tabs on the sport. He became a huge fan of reigning Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan.

"I don't think I could watch him skate live, I'd commit suicide out of depression at how good he is," Cranston quipped.

Organizers had a moment of silence for Cranston on Saturday night at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Kingston, Ontario.

He was elected to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.

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