A woman tragically fell to her death from the 27th floor of a high-rise block after she lost her balance while taking a selfie, say reports.
The 27-year-old, named locally as Sandra Manuela Da Costa Macedo, went over a balcony railing she was leaning against as she took the snap. The sickening video footage showed her still holding the selfie stick as she plunged off the balcony.
An onlooker filming the tragedy can be heard shouting: “She’s mad, there she goes, look at her, look at her, she’s fallen.”
Paramedics rushed to the scene, a building called the Luxor Tower in Panama City after the alarm was raised just after 10am on October 13. The woman was already dead when they arrived.
Local reports said the incident was still under investigation, but police were focusing on the theory that a gust of wind may have knocked her off balance. Panama’s Fire Service published a warning on its official Twitter account after the tragedy, which said: “Don’t risk your life for a selfie. It’s more important to lose a minute in life than your life in a minute.”
According to a recent study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, 259 people have already died between 2011 and 2017 in attempts to take a selfie. This was confirmed by researchers from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, who also discovered that most selfie deaths occur in countries such as Russia, India, the United States and Pakistan.
However, the report asserts that the actual number of deaths can be much higher, since it is not usually recorded as a cause of attempting to take a photograph.