Selfie-related accident kills Japanese tourist at the Taj Mahal

Sep 21, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Selfie-related accident kills Japanese tourist at the Taj Mahal

Sep 21, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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The selfie craze claims another victim, this time in Asia.

A Japanese tourist visiting India’s Taj Mahal died on Friday after slipping down the stairs at the Royal Gate.

An eyewitness told BBC Hindi that the incident took place while the tourist was taking a selfie at the famous monument.

Local police reported that the tourist’s fall led to an immediate loss of consciousness, and eventually died in hospital due to the head injuries he suffered.

Police added that the tourist was accompanied by three other people, one of whom also fell during the accident and suffered a fractured leg.

According to BBC the 17th century mausoleum is visited by 12,000 people a day, so I guess it was just a matter of time until a fatal selfie-accident took place there.

Ynet reports that following the many selfie-related deaths and accidents, several countries have started warning tourists of the dangers of these photos.

As you may recall, Russia took it a step further and launched a ‘Safety Selfie’ campaign warning its citizens not to take dangerous selfies.

Just this month a Houston teen shot himself in the head by mistake while taking selfies, and a California man found himself in hospital, and embarrassed by his mother on TV, after attempting to take a selfie with a rattlesnake.

With selfies being so dangerous, no wonder the Secret Service banned selfie sticks during the Pope’s visit to the USA.

[BBC via ynet | Lead Image: TausP.]

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4 responses to “Selfie-related accident kills Japanese tourist at the Taj Mahal”

  1. دانيال التنجي Avatar
    دانيال التنجي

    :(

  2. CJ Jacobs Avatar
    CJ Jacobs

    Another idiot bites the dust.

  3. Jerl Cassell Avatar
    Jerl Cassell

    Should have seen the grim reaper photobombing in the background.

  4. MIkeDF Avatar
    MIkeDF

    Harsh comments from my fellow photographers. Someone died taking a photograph, a father, brother, son won’t be coming home from the holiday of a lifetime due to a simple mistake. How often due we concentrate so much on a task that we miss the obvious?