Ballet dancer Jonathan Ollivier has been killed in a motorbike accident, his family said.
The 38-year-old, from Northampton, died hours before he was due to perform in the final show of The Car Man at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.
He was riding in central London when the accident happened, police said.
His sister Rachel Ollivier wrote on Facebook that “it is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that Jon tragically died today”.
She described him as her “beautiful little bro” and said “we love him and will miss him massively xx”.
Ollivier played the lead role of Luca in choreographer Matthew Bourne’s show at Sadler’s Wells. His next of kin have been informed, and Sunday’s performance was cancelled.
The Car Man is a production set in 1960s America and loosely based on Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen.
His lead performance had been praised by critics, with The Telegraph’s Rachel Ward writing that he brought “brooding power and danger of a matador” to the role.
He had previously won plaudits for playing The Swan in Bourne’s all-male Swan Lake.
The dancer was riding his motorbike in Clerkenwell when he collided with a black Mercedes saloon car shortly after 11:00 BST on Sunday.
Police, paramedics and an air ambulance attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before noon.
The driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in custody at a London police station.