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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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  • Russian Woman Falls While Taking A Selfie On A Moscow Bridge

    A 21-year-old graduate of the Russian State University of Tourism and Services Studies tried to take selfie on a bridge that offered an excellent view of one of the famous landmarks of the Russian capital, but she fell from the bridge while taking the photo. Reportedly, the reason for her passing was a broken fence that she was leaning on.

  • Teen Passes Competing In Selfie Olympics

    On January 3, 2015, 18-year-old Oscar Reyes attempted to take a photo of himself in his mother’s bathroom in order to follow up on a Spongebob Squarepants selfie he'd taken the day before. Around 2 a.m., he fell off her door and injured his head. He perished from excessive bleeding. 

  • A Polish Couple Falls As Their Children Watch

    A Polish couple visiting Cabo da Roca, Portugal, may have crossed a safety barrier in front of a cliff in order to take the perfect vacation selfie. They lost their footing and fell off the edge of a cliff as their children, aged 5 and 6, watched as their parents fell.

  • Taking a Selfie On Top Of A Train

    A 21-year-old man from Andujar Andalusia, Spain, tried to take a photo of himself on top of a parked train was electrocuted after he accidentally touched a high-voltage wire while snapping the picture. The 21 year old was declared dead at the scene.