Segway Company Owner Dies After Scootering Off Cliff

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    obeygiant

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    At first I was chuckling at the irony of it all but its actually kind of sad.
     
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    miles01110

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    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.
     
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    iJohnHenry

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

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    Guys. This isn't very funny.

    P-Worm
     
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    miles01110

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    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.
     
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    yg17

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

    Guys, this is very funny to me.
     
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    P-Worm

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    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.

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    patrick0brien

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    FTW!!
     
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    yorkshire

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    This happened literally 4 miles from my house.
     
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    rdowns

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    A very sad day for Paul Blart and all mall cops.
     
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    gkarris

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    LOL...

    Isn't that "Telegraph UK" article referenced their "Onion"?
     
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    patrick0brien

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    So you may have actually heard the "Oh buggeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!"
     
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    He was nearing the end of his life. At least he went out with a bang.
     
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    RaceTripper

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    Tragic, but poetic how he segued from life to death.
     
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    iJohnHenry

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    Well screw you too. :p

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

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    Agreed. Nanking, Unit 731, funny as hell!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    phillipjfry

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    If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
    If life gives you diabetes, don't make lemonade.
     
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    rhett7660

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    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.
     
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    R94N

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    Well, rest in peace.
     
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    Antares

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    Fixed that for you.
     
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    velocityg4

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    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.

    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.
     

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