Urbex photographer Eric Paul Janssen dies after falling from Chicago hotel

Oct 18, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Urbex photographer Eric Paul Janssen dies after falling from Chicago hotel

Oct 18, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Photographer Eric Paul Janssen died tragically on Monday afternoon at the age of 44. While taking photos, he fell from the 20th floor of the LondonHouse hotel in Chicago. He landed on the sixth-floor, and according to the medical examiner, the fall was an accident.

Janssen was an urban explorer, and many of his photos show “beauty in unlikely places.” After the fall, the initial reports stated that the man who fell was a hotel employee. However, the police later confirmed that this wasn’t the case. According to Chicago Tribune, the police said Janssen came to the hotel for Open House Chicago. It is an architectural tour promising “behind-the-scenes access” to more than 200 buildings.

Although Janssen always viewed “No Trespassing” signs as a challenge rather than limitation, it appears he wasn’t trespassing at the LondonHouse hotel. Karen Golightly told Chicago Tribune that he was conscious of safety: “We talked a lot about safety. One of his friends fell in Memphis last year, and safety really resonated with him after that. … He wasn’t really a daredevil in that way.” As ABC reports, Janssen was probably taking photos at the time, but “was ‘not trespassing’ in the hotel.”

In addition to being a passionate urbex photographer, Janssen had a career in journalism. He was a vice president of audience reach for the Sandusky Newspaper Group. But above all, he was a father of three children. On behalf of DYIP team and myself, I am sending deepest condolences to his family and friends.

[via Chicago Tribune, ABC]

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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8 responses to “Urbex photographer Eric Paul Janssen dies after falling from Chicago hotel”

  1. Michael Dexter Avatar
    Michael Dexter

    RIP

  2. Dieter Greven Avatar
    Dieter Greven

    Shit happens.

    1. Charles Karlson Avatar
      Charles Karlson

      Not unless you take measures to prevent it. Entirely preventable error in his part. Stupid.

  3. Henry Avatar
    Henry

    …a little bit of cleaning out the gene pool.

    1. Susan Bennett Avatar
      Susan Bennett

      You seriously want to use this comment about a mans death?

  4. madara Avatar
    madara

    Oh man, I almost went to Open House Chicago. I initially thought this article was about one of those ‘daredevils’ who like taking selfies while hanging from a building. Shame.

  5. Chris Vincent Avatar
    Chris Vincent

    Well. If the hotel states that he was not trespassing then I expect a lawsuit from the family within a few weeks…

  6. TByte Avatar
    TByte

    These people are not “urban explorers”.
    Please. They are just trespassers, and they should be prosecuted based on the evidence of the photos they post.