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Couple who warn against selfie dangers, die while taking one

Couple who warn against selfie dangers, die while taking one

The survey seems to indicate that Vishnu Viswanath, 29 years old, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30 years, died by wanting to take a selfie.

Viswanath's brother told local media in India that he believes the couple were taking a selfie when the tragedy happened. The married couple ran a travel blog called Holidays and Happily Ever Afters, which has since been taken down.

"A lot of us, including yours truly, [are fans] of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers", one post noted.

However, Jamie Richards, a spokeswoman for Yosemite National Park, said the park couldn't yet officially confirm how the couple died and that investigators may take weeks while looking into the deaths.

Park rangers recovered their bodies Thursday from about 800 feet (245 meters) below Taft Point, a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that doesn't have a railing.

Is our life worth just one photo? Moorthy wrote on an Instagram post with a photo of her sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Selfie-related deaths were found to be most common in India, Pakistan, Russia and the United States.

A number of photos show Moorthy posing near the edge of sharp cliffs, no guardrails in sight.

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The couple's pictures indicated they liked to pose in scenic spots at sunset, which was the last time they were seen alive.

Authorities are not sure what caused them to fall at scenic Taft Point.

In an eerie coincidence, another couple who hiked to Taft Point captured pictures of Moorthy prior to her fall, saying she appears in the background of two of their selfies. Matteson noticed Meenakshi among the crowd because of her pink-dyed hair.

Most of the deaths took place in India, where 159 selfie deaths have been reported since 2011, followed by Russian Federation, the United States and Pakistan.

The irony of that statement, and of what happened to Moorthy and her husband, is not lost on me, and it shouldn't be lost on you. "She didn't seem like she was in distress or anything".

Vishnu Viswanath (29) and his wife Meenakshi Moorthy, who were IT professionals, got married four years ago and had moved to the U.S. for employment.

"There is a railing at the overlook, but there are plenty of places you can go near there without railings", she said.