Morbid Fact Du Jour for April 10, 2014

Today’s Tumbling Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A “posing” tragedy occurred on August 19, 1999, at Moran Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Gabriel Comerford, age 25, asked nearby tourists if they would use his camera to take his photo.  These bystanders agreed.  Comerford explained that he wanted to pose out on a precipice where the shot would be dramatic.  The bystanders nodded in understanding.  Comerford then crossed the guard rail, climbed over a retaining wall, and walked out to his chosen, highly exposed position.

Just before arriving at his chosen spot a rock crumbled under his foot.  Comerford slipped off the level Kaibab Limestone and tumbled down a rubble-strewn, bush-clumped talus chute for more than a hundred feet.  Meanwhile the bystander with Comerford’s camera continued to photograph him during his battering tumble.  The bystander snapped the final photo as Comerford slid off the edge at the end of the chute and into vertical air.  Comerford next fell 875 feet.

Culled from: Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon

What a considerate camera person!  Most people might have lost concentration in such a dramatic situation, but not that person!  Now I really want to see the photos, dammit…

3 comments

  1. I would pay a significant amount for those pics. I think I’m going to want my death photographed if at all possible!

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