18-year-old falls to his death while taking a selfie at Yosemite

Another tragic death has happened in the pursuit of a selfie.

While trying to take a selfie atop the 600-ft-high Nevada Fall, Tomer Frankurter, 18, fell to his death.

Dangers of Social Media

Social media has created a generation of people that are always trying to outdo each other.

There is this unexplainable fascination with creating a post that will generate thousands of likes from complete strangers.

That fascination has turned regular people into wannabe daredevils at any given moment in time.

People are taking extreme risks to simply capture that perfect shot.

In this case, the Israeli native was trying to capture an epic selfie atop the falls.

The U.S. government is currently working in cooperation with the Israeli government to return the teenager’s body back home.

Tragic Selfies

It would be nice to think this is an isolated incident, but that is far from the truth.

Back in 2016, Rolling Stone did an article, “Death by Selfie,” discussing this very subject.

The publication noted some of the more catastrophic deaths for the sake of taking a selfie that would go viral.

Here are just a few of the fatal selfies detailed in the piece:

Two Russian soldiers held a live grenade when it unexpectedly went off, killing both men.

An 18-year-old girl in Romania attempted to take a selfie on a moving train when she hit a live wire and electrocuted herself.

A young boy in India was trying to take a selfie with a gun and shot himself in the head.

A pilot in Colorado lost control of his plane when he let go of the controls to take a selfie. The plane crashed, killing both the pilot and the passenger.

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A couple fell to their death in front of their children after climbing over the safety rail of a cliff in Portugal to take a selfie.

Sadly, even though these preventable accidents have been widely publicized, this trend is likely to continue.

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