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.
In May 2018, Odisha, India, Prabhu Bhatara tried to take a selfie with an injured bear while stopping at a bathroom on the way home from a wedding reception. Bhatara's friends reportedly tried to deter him from taking the selfie, but he ignored the warnings and got up close to the animal for a picture.
The bear quickly attacked and — despite attempts to intervene — Bhatara perished on the spot. The bear was later treated for its injuries.
In 2016, a man from Concrete, Washington, fatally shot himself in the face while trying to take a selfie. The 43-year-old (whose name was not released by the police) apparently thought the gun was unloaded. He and his girlfriend had taken several selfies with the weapon that day, and each time, the man unloaded the gun before the pictures, then reloaded it after.
The Taj Mahal is a place of great beauty, but when a Japanese tourist tried to capture himself in the beauty with the help of a selfie stick, he fell down a series of steps and passed because of head injuries at the local hospital.
Deleon Smith, a 19-year-old father of two from Houston, Texas, accidentally shot himself in the face while posing for a selfie with a gun. His family said that he was due to begin classes at a local community college within the month.