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People Who Tragically Died While Trying to Take a Selfie

Updated April 1, 2019 9.1m views22 items

Ever since cell phones started coming with a camera, the most popular thing to do has been to take a selfie, a picture of yourself, and post in on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook. But lately, people have been taking selfies to extreme levels in order to get more likes and viral acclaim for their photo. Many of these extreme selfies have led to the people taking the photographs to be left in critical condition, or worse, to perish from the act. The selfie perishments on this list are horrible, but they should be shared so no one else has to suffer a selfie injury for the sake getting a great photo. Remember, you can’t get likes if you’re not alive. Put down your phone and read through this list of people who died while trying to take a selfie.

The amount of young people who have passed while taking a selfie is staggering. In fact, a 2018 study reported over 250 people worldwide passed between 2011 and 2017 trying to get the shot. After reading through these stories of people who were injured while taking a selfie, you’ll start to wonder how someone could be so careless. But think of all the weird things you’ve done to get that perfect shot. If you’re ever about to do something stupid for a selfie, just think about how you don’t want someone at your funeral saying that you perished taking a photo. You don’t want to end up in intensive care, or worse, just because you had to get the perfect picture. Avoid a selfie accident and check out the stories below.

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  • While Using A Selfie Stick, A Man Falls From A 100-Foot Cliff

    A man, referred to as Mr. Chen, reportedly fell off a waterfall in Zhejiang, eastern China. He was found with a phone and a selfie stick at the bottom of a ravine. 

  • Polish Tourist Falls Off A Bridge While Talking A Selfie

    When Polish medical student, Sylwia Rajchel, visited Seville, Spain, she tried to take a selfie on the Puente de Triana bridge just after midnight. She lost her footing and fell.

  • Pilot Takes Selfies Moments Before Crashing His Plane

    In 2014, the 29-year-old pilot of a Cessna 150K in Colorado took his life, and the life of a passenger while taking selfies as he flew the plane. A GoPro camera mounted to the dash of the plane captured the pilot and his passengers taking photos and texting

  • Three College Students Are Hit By A Moving Train During Selfie Session

    In Mathura, India, three college students attempted to take a "daredevil selfie" of themselves standing on the train tracks as a speeding train approached. Their plan was to jump from the tracks, but their timing was severely off, and they ended up being mowed down by a train.