selfie related deaths 2015

January

A 21-year-old South African woman died after falling from Northcliff Hill, Johannesburg, as a male companion was setting up a tripod for a selfie. Reports vary as to the identity of the companion.

Two young men died in the Ural mountains after they pulled the pin from a live hand grenade to take a selfie. The phone with the picture remained as evidence of the circumstance of their deaths.

Three Indian students aged 20 to 22 died trying to take a “daredevil selfie” close to an oncoming train on railway tracks of Mathura, near Kosikala.

March

Seven Indian youths drowned while taking selfies on Mangrul Lake near Kuhi, about 20 km from Nagpur, India. Their boat had tipped over as they were standing up to pose.

May

An 18-year-old Romanian teenager died when she attempted to take the “ultimate selfie”, posing with a friend on top of a train in the north-eastern Romanian city of Iași when her leg touched a live wire above which electrocuted her with 27,000 volts.

A teenager climbed on a railway bridge in the Ryazan region in Russia to take a selfie and died when he came in contact with live wires.

A 21-year-old man from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, fell into the crater of Mount Merapi and died while attempting to take a selfie.

A Singaporean tourist died after falling into the sea while taking a selfie on a cliff in Nusa Lembongan, an island off the coast of Bali, Indonesia.

June

A 54-year-old Slovak tourist visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia fell to her death from a rock while taking a selfie.

July

A 21-year-old Russian university graduate died after falling from a bridge while she was trying to take a memorable selfie next to the Moscow International Business Center.

August

A man was gored to death in the annual bull-running festival in the town of Villaseca de la Sagra, Spain, trying to take a selfie with a bull.

September

A 19-year-old from Houston died after trying to take an Instagram selfie while holding a loaded gun to his head. He accidentally fired the gun and shot himself in the throat.

A Japanese tourist fell down a staircase to his death while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal, Agra, India.

A 17-year-old Russian student fell to his death attempting to take a selfie while hanging from a nine-story building.

An Indian engineering student died while taking selfies with friends at Kolli Hills, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India, when the rock on which he was standing cracked and gave way, plunging him 60 feet and causing his death from head injuries.

November

Two engineering students of Wadhwan, Gujarat, India, drowned in Narmada Canal after slipping down the bank while taking selfies.

BA first-year student of the Kalyani Mahavidyalaya College Sourav Dey died and another was critically injured in the Kalyani area in Nadia district of West Bengal, India as they were run over by a train while they were taking selfies.

A 14-year-old, Sahil C. Eshwarkar, who was trying to take a selfie atop a stationary train wagon at Nahur station yard in Mumbai, India, was electrocuted and died a few hours later. He accidentally came in contact with a 25,000-volt overhead electrical wire and was electrocuted, suffering 80 per cent burns.

December

A 22-year-old man, the son of a railway employee of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, died while attempting to take a selfie while standing on the track in front of a moving train.