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obeygiant
Sep 27, 2010, 09:42 AM
The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died Sunday when he fell off a cliff while riding the famous motorized scooter, the Telegraph reports.

Jimi Heselden, 62, died after skidding off a cliff at his estate in Yorkshire, England. He was reportedly testing a cross-country version of the upright, two-wheeled scooter when he plunged from the cliff.

Heselden's body was later found in a river by a passerby, the newspaper reports.

"Police were called at 11: 40 a.m. yesterday to reports of a man in the River Wharfe, apparently having fallen from the cliffs above," a spokesman for the West Yorkshire police told the newspaper.

"A Segway-style vehicle was recovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene," the spokesman reportedly said. "At this time we do not believe the death to be suspicious."link (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/09/27/owner-segway-company-dies-driving-famous-scooter-cliff/?test=faces)

At first I was chuckling at the irony of it all but its actually kind of sad.

miles01110
Sep 27, 2010, 09:45 AM
I bet he landed upright.

One wonders at the choice of "near the edge of a cliff" for testing an experimental product, but that's just me I guess.

iJohnHenry
Sep 27, 2010, 09:47 AM
I bet he landed upright.

Only if he had the presence of mind to hang-on. ;)

P-Worm
Sep 27, 2010, 10:43 AM
Guys. This isn't very funny.

P-Worm

miles01110
Sep 27, 2010, 10:45 AM
Guys. This isn't very funny to me.


Fixed that for you.

Nobody's laughing, either. It is sad that he died, but also sad that he was dumb enough to roll around next to a cliff. If I was on a Segway, I would not ride it next to a cliff. Seems logical to me.

yg17
Sep 27, 2010, 10:47 AM
Fixed that for you.

Nobody's laughing, either. It is sad that he died, but also sad that he was dumb enough to roll around next to a cliff. If I was on a Segway, I would not ride it next to a cliff. Seems logical to me.

He gets an honorable mention at the very least for the 2010 Darwin Award.

shmeaty
Sep 27, 2010, 11:13 AM
Fixed that for you.

Nobody's laughing, either. It is sad that he died, but also sad that he was dumb enough to roll around next to a cliff. If I was on a Segway, I would not ride it next to a cliff. Seems logical to me.

pwnd.

Guys, this is very funny to me.

P-Worm
Sep 27, 2010, 11:21 AM
I'm interested to know the specifics of the accident. When testing a device, terrible things can go wrong. I'm not sure why he was testing near a cliff (for all I know, there could have been a reason for it - possibly specific terrain?), but in any case it led to an untimely end.

He was only 62. Rest in peace.

P-Worm

patrick0brien
Sep 27, 2010, 01:01 PM
He gets an honorable mention at the very least for the 2010 Darwin Award.

FTW!!

yorkshire
Sep 27, 2010, 03:58 PM
This happened literally 4 miles from my house.

rdowns
Sep 27, 2010, 04:07 PM
A very sad day for Paul Blart and all mall cops.

gkarris
Sep 27, 2010, 04:24 PM
LOL...

Isn't that "Telegraph UK" article referenced their "Onion"?

patrick0brien
Sep 27, 2010, 04:34 PM
This happened literally 4 miles from my house.

So you may have actually heard the "Oh buggeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!"

Bonch
Sep 27, 2010, 04:42 PM
He was nearing the end of his life. At least he went out with a bang.

RaceTripper
Sep 27, 2010, 04:45 PM
Tragic, but poetic how he segued from life to death.

iJohnHenry
Sep 27, 2010, 04:53 PM
He was nearing the end of his life.

Well screw you too. :p

That will teach him for having an estate with a view. :D

StruckANerve
Sep 27, 2010, 05:21 PM
I literally laughed out loud when I read this story. People dying is very funny to me sometimes and I'm not going to hide it.

Bonch
Sep 27, 2010, 05:56 PM
I literally laughed out loud when I read this story. People dying is very funny to me sometimes and I'm not going to hide it.

Agreed. Nanking, Unit 731, funny as hell!

fcortese
Sep 27, 2010, 07:42 PM
Bummer. And he bought the company a year ago. Makes you wonder if he ever tried one beforehand or how use to its ops he was? The guy gave 16M bucks to his favorite charity, It's a shame to lose people like this seemingly unnecessarily.

Ttownbeast
Sep 28, 2010, 01:27 AM
I am laughing my ass off right now, reminds me of what my pop said when a very good child hood friend of his had a house burn down. "Did you roast marshmallows?"

When life gives you lemons make lemonade, when it burns down your house make smores, when it throws you off a cliff pretend you can fly.

phillipjfry
Sep 28, 2010, 07:55 AM
I am laughing my ass off right now, reminds me of what my pop said when a very good child hood friend of his had a house burn down. "Did you roast marshmallows?"

When life gives you lemons make lemonade, when it burns down your house make smores, when it throws you off a cliff pretend you can fly.

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
If life gives you diabetes, don't make lemonade.

rhett7660
Sep 28, 2010, 09:52 AM
There are rumors saying he was in debt or was loosing large amounts of money and well this may have been a way out. Of course these are just rumors. Still pretty sad.

R94N
Sep 28, 2010, 10:42 AM
Well, rest in peace.

Antares
Sep 28, 2010, 10:55 AM
Well, rest in pieces.

Fixed that for you.

velocityg4
Sep 28, 2010, 04:04 PM
Though the circumstances of his demise are mildly amusing. I suppose the suddenness of falling off a cliff would be better than lingering for months with a terminal illness. Still it is too bad that he met his demise at only 62.

He was nearing the end of his life. At least he went out with a bang.

62 isn't really near the end of a persons life. If he was in relatively good health, ate right, remained active and with his wealth used for top notch private medical care. He could easily have lived into his 90's.