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12 Selfies Taken Just Moments Before Tragedy Struck That Will Make You Think Twice Before You Take One

Published on 28 January, 2018 at 10:00 am By

Selfie has become one of the biggest phenomenon in modern times. Though it doesn’t help anything in what we do or where we’re heading, people constantly snap themselves, with many regularly posting on social media, as if he/she will gain something out of it. True, selfie is one good way to share our happy moments or anything with the world, but, at the same time, and unfortunately, it has become a ‘killer’ of people in recent times. Yes, there are countless selfies of people that are interesting or fascinating to look at, but, sadly, there are many who lost their lives, some while in the process and others just after it, because of it. In this post, we take a look at the stories and photographs of such people who lost their lives while taking selfie or after it.


The selfies or photographs we have for you here tell a much bigger story than just ‘someone was at a place’. Take a read.

1. Death on wheels for Ramon Alberto González Adams

Ramon Alberto González Adams was a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer. Jadiel, as he was known, left million of his fans heart broken. He was out on his motorcycle in May 2014, in Rochester, New York, when he stopped to take a selfie, probably for his fans on Instagram. Moments later, the 27 year-old lost control of his bike and headed straight into the path of an oncoming vehicle. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.


2. Karen Hernandez slipping to her watery grave

Karen Hernandez wanted to take a quick selfie on the riverbank of the El Tunal river in Durango, Mexico. Unfortunately, while trying to take the photo, she lost her footing on the slippery mud, fell into the river and drowned. The poor little Mexican girl was just thirteen years when she slipped to her watery grave.


3. Courtney Sandford all after a Facebook post

Courtney Sanford was a 32 year-old woman from North Carolina. She was out driving in her home state, listening to music. As she was driving down a busy street, she had snapped a picture of herself, posted on her Facebook page and commented that she was listening to the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and stated how happy the song made her feel. However, moments later, she slammed her car into a truck which caused an accident that was to prove fatal in the end.



4. Collette Moreno and Ashley Theobald driving to death

Collette Moreno and Ashley Theobald were on their way to Collette’s bachelorette party in Kansas City, Missouri. Colette snapped a picture of herself and her friend, Ashley, who was driving the car. However, moments later, a lorry appeared, which released a lot of fumes and had made Collette cough extensively; she is an asthma patient. Knowing Collette’s medical condition, Ashley attempted to pass the truck. But, unfortunately, another truck just came and she ended up hitting it. Ashley survived the ordeal, but Collette died in the accident.


5. Oscar Otero Aguilar

Oscar, 21, is a veterinarian from Mexico City. It seemed that he loved nothing more than posting self-taken photos of himself on Twitter and Facebook. Oscar decided to up his game even more recently, but it was to be his final photograph. He tried to take a selfie with a gun, with live rounds in it. However, he shot himself in the head and died.


6. The last selfie of Gary Slok with his mother

Who can forget one of the worst ever plane tragedies in the world in recent times? The tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. 15-year-old Gary took a selfie with his mother on board the flight just moments before it took off in Amsterdam. The plane was shot down, killing everyone on board.


7. Jojo Tsai throws herself over the edge atop a building

This 20-year-old from China took this selfie atop a tall building and uploaded it on her Instagram account just minutes before throwing herself over the edge. While it was termed a suicide by some, various social media postings hinted that a split from her boyfriend was behind it.


8. Last photo of the Beas river tragedy

On June 8, 2014, India saw a terrible tragedy where 24 young engineering students from Hyderabad were washed away by water. 48 students and 3 faculty members of the V.N.R. Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, were on an educational tour from Shimla to Manali. The tragedy is such that some of them were getting themselves photographed on the banks of the Beas river on the Mandi-Manali National Highway NH-21, 24 of them were washed away as the water flow in the river suddenly increased. This selfie of the happy-looking group before the tragedy was found.


9. Xenia Ignatyeva’s fatal stunt

This 17-year-old girl plunged 30 feet to her death as she climbed onto a railway bridge – to take a selfie, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Xenia Ignatyeva lost her balance and fell and then electrocuted by a high-voltage cable when she tried to grab live wires to stop herself falling from the bridge.


10. Jenni Rivera’s fateful selfie in plane

Jenni Rivera, 43, was a singer and songwriter. She and her friends took a selfie just before their plane took off. However, after a few moments, the private jet got crashed and killed them all. All seven people on board died.


11. Selfie death which demonstrates just how dangerous things can be in the Middle East.

Mohammed Shaar (in red) was hanging out with his friends. He and his friends had posed for a photograph when just seconds later a car bomb, designed to kill a high-ranking politician, killed them all. The incident took place in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2012.


12. Polish couple falling from cliff in Portugal

In August 2014, a Polish couple died after falling from a cliff in Portugal’s Cabo da Roca, while apparently trying to take selfies with their children near the edge. The couple’s children, aged 5 and 6, witnessed the fall. While the actual self-taken photograph never actually surfaced, we can see here the site where the couple fell to their death.



Many of them could be a natural death, but I would like to, through this post, send out a heart-of-heart message, especially to all those who often carry out the so-called courageous stunts (just to show to the world), please remember that being a daredevil or carrying out those stuffs is never a safe or wise thing to do. Stay safe. Life is precious!


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