We see people taking selfies everywhere these days; people try to capture a moment in time by snapping a photograph of themselves while either standing in front of a mirror or trying to do a stunt that appears more interesting. Over the last few years; however, it has gotten somewhat dangerous for several who have attempted do something crazy while captivating that selfie; such as balancing on a high ledge or hopping in front of a train. Every now and then, it ends up tragic. Sometimes taking the self-induced photograph doesn’t end in tragedy, occasionally they are just in the wrong place at the wrong time and they just happen to capture the last photograph of their life.
9. Otero Aguilar
According to sources, 21 year-old Otero Aguilar was obsessed with taking selfies and posting them to Facebook. He was constantly taking pictures of himself next to alcohol, in cars or near automobiles and posting them for fun. He had been out drinking with his friends in Mexico City before getting into a car and snapping photos of himself. These (reportedly) were supposed to be selfies meant for Facebook, and he was using a gun to make more of an “impact.” During one of the filmings, the gun accidently went off and Otero shot himself, dying instantly.
8. Isabella Fracchiolla
In June, teenager Isabella Fracchiolla was on a school trip in Italy to visit the seaside in Taranto. She was climbing the rocks in a dangerous area, and attempted to climb over a guardrail to take a selfie, when she fell. Isabella plunged sixty feet down, and was immediately rushed to the hospital but did not survive the fall.
7. Karen Hernández
Karen Hernández was just thirteen when she was standing along the riverbank of the El Tunal River in Mexico. As she went to snap a selfie, Karen drowned after falling into the river and managed to get swept away by the strong currents.
6. Xenia Ignatyeva
17 year-old Xenia Ignatyeva was trying to further her photography skills with a camera she had recently purchased, by taking pictures of a railroad bridge in Russia. She was thirty feet off of the ground when she elected to take a selfie. That is when Xenia slipped off of the bridge and tried grabbing something to help her regain her balance. Unfortunately, what she grasped just happened to be live wires that were attached to the bridge, but they had 1500 volts of electricity running through them. Xenia was electrocuted by the wires and fell, hitting the concrete below, dying soon after.
5. Gary Slok and Petra Langeveld
On July 17, a Boeing 777 was flying over Ukraine when it was shot down by a missile. Malaysia Airlines International Passenger Flight MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, and was carrying almost 300 people; including passengers and crew members. Among those passengers were 15 year-old Gary Slok and his mother, Petra Langeveld. Gary was a goalkeeper for a football club in Holland, and Petra was a single mom. They took this selfie together, moments before the plane took off. Everyone on board died in the crash and there is still an ongoing investigation into what had actually happened on that fateful day. A full report isn’t expected until the middle of 2015.
4. Courtney Sanford
Courtney Sanford was a 32 year-old woman from North Carolina who could not wait until she pulled over to the side of the road to post pictures to her Facebook page. As she was driving down a busy street, Courtney had snapped a picture of herself, and commented that she was listening to the song, Happy by Pharrell Williams and then stated how happy the song made her feel. According to reports, she had posted her selfie to Facebook, stating how ecstatic she was moments before slamming her car into a recycling truck and landing in a ditch. She died moments later.
Ramon Gonzalez was a rapper from Puerto Rico, who sang Reggaeton music, and went by the name Jadiel. He had multiple hits during his lifetime; including Fashion Girl and Sol y Arena that was on Latin Rhythm Airplay. While in Rochester, New York, Jadiel was going for a ride on his motorcycle and snapped a selfie before he left. Just moments later, Jadiel had “lost control of his motorcycle and ended up in the path of an oncoming vehicle.” He died in May, 2014, at Strong Memorial Hospital.
2. Jenni Rivera
Jenni Rivera was a Latin singer who had won multiple awards, so she was no stranger to the camera. Jenni had her own television reality show, called Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C, in which she had produced herself. She had performed in several movies and television shows, as well. On December 9, 2012, Jenna had boarded her private jet headed for Toluca, Mexico; where she was scheduled to make an appearance on television. Jenni took a selfie with her crew right before the airplane set out for flight. Shortly after the plane took off, disaster struck and the plane crashed; killing Jenni, the five passengers on board, and the pilots that were flying the aircraft.
1. Ryan Dunn
Being one of the stars of the Jackass movies, it was probable that Ryan Dunn would die doing something stupid. A great deal of people thought he would have been killed by jumping off of a really tall building or by getting something lodged in his rectum (as he did in one of the movies); but he did not; he died while drinking and driving. In 2011, Ryan was out drinking with friends, and he took a selfie with a few of his pals, moments before he got into the car that ended his life. He was driving a Porsche 911 in speeds of over 130 miles an hour in a 55 mph zone, when he hit a guard rail. The car then caught fire as it landed in a mass of trees, and Ryan was killed upon impact, along with his passenger. The police chief who was on the scene reported that “it was the worst crash he had ever seen.”