We all love taking selfies. Sometimes searching for the perfect angle pushes us beyond the safety point.
Innocent people perish all over the world due to selfie-related injuries, and the phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down. Mourn with us these tragic deaths and for Pete’s sake stop taking selfies. You don’t want to end up on our list!
1. Bull Running Is Not a Time for Selfies!
Nowadays, a story is nothing without a selfie, and there is a growing trend of bull runners risking their life and buttocks just for the sake of capturing the moment.
What everyone was expecting happened in August 2015. A man was gored to death in the Spanish city of Pamplona. 32-year-old David Lopez was foolish enough to leave the protected area and capture on film a feud between two bulls. Sick of running in vain, the animals sought revenge when they saw the man armed only with the latest iPhone in his hands.
We have reasons to believe the man died with a smile on his face. He had fulfilled a life’s goal by taking one of the best selfies ever. Unfortunately, the footage was confiscated and kept as evidence by the police (or for their own amusement).
2. Woman Attempts Selfie with Camel, and It Doesn’t End Well!
A visit to your local zoo can be an excellent opportunity for refreshing your Facebook account with new photos, or for putting your life in grave danger.
It is hard imagining the encounter concluding with something other than excruciating pain and a rush visit to the ER. Camels are notorious for not letting go of the things they bite on to.
Going to a dentist is not on the list of priorities for a camel. The smell must have been awful, although camel saliva is a common ingredient for female beauty products.
What question is that?! Of course, she did NOT survive!
3. “Happy” Car Accident
The new era of selfies is one in which every emotion ends up posted on social media.
For this woman, it was not enough saying that she was happy. She had to take a selfie as proof.
Courtney Stanford died on April 26, 2014, in North Carolina, when her car veered across the center of the road and collided with ongoing traffic. The car hit a truck just before flying off the road and stopping into a tree.
Apparently, the woman was listening to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy,” and that distracted her from driving. Should we point out just why selfies are beyond what is considered safe on public roads?
Take a good look at the wreckage and adhere to our theory that selfies are the root of all evil.
4. Couple Takes One Last Selfie
This couple took their final selfie in Europe’s End.
Before Brexit enthusiasts exult, we are not talking about the end of Europe in the political terms. Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of Europe, a romantic place to see the Old Continent meet the stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The place is truly spectacular and visiting without taking at least a selfie can be considered a sin. Most who come here settle for the cliche shot. For something extra, you will have to step on loose gravel and risk falling.
One Polish couple was too obsessed with making their Facebook friends hate their lives and decided to push the envelope. The two fell hundreds of meters and … surprise … will be taking selfies in Heaven (or Hell, it depends).
5. Flying Was Supposed to Be Fun, Right?
What can be more heart-warming than a child allowing his mother to appear in a selfie with him?
Most teenagers hate their parents for interfering with their social media habits, and some would murder if such a selfie ever gets near their public profile.
However peaceful it might seem, something is shocking about this particular picture. The flight scheduled to land in Kuala Lumpur and make many dream holidays possible never reached its destination. MH17 was shot by a missile as it went past Eastern Ukraine.
This selfie was taken and uploaded just seconds before take-off, and it helps to remind us of the tragedy.
6. Stunning News Anchor Goes Live One Last Time
That ball has “wasted” written all over it!
The laws of physics are unforgiven, even when you are a smoking hot blonde. The unsuspecting victim took what looks like her last selfie. That should teach people to think twice before turning their back to the action.
We know what goes through your mind. Was that a loose ball, or part of a cunning (yet uninspired) plot to get the girl’s attention? Chances are we will never find out.
Meanwhile, do us a favor and stop taking selfies while attending sports where speeding balls are notorious to hit audience members in the head on a regular basis. No one likes black and white photos!
7. Selfie Accident Claims Life of Latino Singer
Jenni Rivera was a legend of Mexican music, and her death shocked everyone.
The 43-year-old perished in a plane crash together with six other staff members and friends.
If this selfie seems a bit unprofessional to you, it is because it was taken in 2012, not exactly the most fertile period regarding phone camera quality. Selfies were quite exotic back then!
The accident occurred on December 9, 2012, and was top news for weeks in a row. The selfie above was taken immediately after take-off, and it is the last photo we have of Rivera.
While it is highly unlikely for the selfie to have caused the crash, they do have a rule in effect at most airline companies. Mobile phones should be switched off during the flight to avoid damaging onboard equipment.
8. Selfie with Bears? Sign Me Up!
Sanity Check 101. If you think taking selfies with bears just meters away makes you a sane individual society can rely on, you should do the math again.
One man took wildlife photography to its extreme, and, obviously, suffered the consequences. If relying on zoom lenses to get a clear shot was once viewed as dangerous, taking a selfie became the new norm for daredevils. The bear had all the rights to maul the intruder.
Yes, we do understand the social implications of having such a shot posted on your Facebook or Instagram. However, all should fall second when compared to the prospect of having your body dismembered by a starving bear who missed this year’s salmon run.
Dismissing all such stories and even direct warnings coming from Rangers, a brainless girl bravely took the below selfie. It proved to be her last!
9. Posing with a Gun
America is gun country and showing your beloved firearms is close to being a religion there.
As the new selfie craze hit our society some years ago, the more personal “selfie with a gun” replaced the traditional hunting season family photo.
The scenario is simple, and it involves holding the finger on the trigger in a self-menacing way. However, it is easy to forget which button to push. This is exactly what happened with a 43-year-old African-American from Concrete, Washington.
To make matters worse, he was right beside his girlfriend who witnessed the entire scene and, as a bonus, had to repaint the room herself. No pink or red tones for sure!
Below we rendered an adaptation for the selfie stick that should make the job easier for the next selfie enthusiast that wants to play gangsta.
10. Train Conductor Hates Selfies … and the Folks Taking Them
Listening to loud music while you take a selfie by the tracks is the mother of all bad decisions.
Sure, he could have ended cut in two, but it was a kick in the head that did the trick more gracefully. Annoyed beyond the breaking point by all the selfies people take onboard his train, the conductor sought revenge on this innocent soul.
We lack further information, but his chances of survival look slim. Call us crazy, but a boot speeding a 100 km/h has a death sentence imprinted on the leather.
The unlucky guy was taking a selfie video (which is, by the way, an even worse crime) when disaster struck. Police have yet to make a statement on the criminal act of the train conductor, but we have a hunch he’ll eventually get a medal for his crusade against obnoxious selfie addicts.
11. An Electric Selfie
The odds of capturing a lightning bolt in a selfie are almost zero.
That makes the English hiker and selfie enthusiast who died while trekking through Brecon Beacons National Park extremely unlucky. In the case of a lighting storm, metallic selfie sticks attract the electrical discharge, causing serious injuries and even death.
The incident took place in July 2015 and contributed in enriching the list of deaths caused by selfies. Even the great outdoors is no longer safe for those obsessed with taking shots of themselves.
The lightning strike pulverized both the hiker and the smartphone. Below you have other two hikers who came agonizingly close to having a similar fate.
12. Selfie Ruins First Date
Everyone told James Nichols that the visit to South Africa to meet his online girlfriend was a bad idea.
However, no one was able to foresee the scale of the disaster. The freshly reunited couple tried to set up an elaborate photo when the 21-year-old girl fell from the cliffs.
Selfies are so popular today that it is impossible to imagine a teenager who does not take them and remains normal in the eyes of his friends. If you consider lovers, selfies are what make relationships appear stronger.
Cheyne Holloway was found dead by rescue teams, and there was nothing to do but establish the case of death. It was a real premiere, as this was South Africa’s first ever selfie mortality.
Now that is something to put you on the map!
13. Selfie Enthusiast Learns Painfull Lesson
Teenagers who get killed while taking selfies skipped valuable lessons in school.
For Ana Ursu, an 18-year-old Romanian from Iasi city, that lesson was on how trains run on electricity.
The attempt to take the ultimate selfie turned into a tragedy as she accidentally touched a live wire on top of a train. 27,000 volts passing through your body are more than enough to get you all the way to the end of the tunnel.
The girl did not die due to the initial shock but rather because burns covered a considerable percentage of her body.
We can only wonder why on earth a beautiful girl like her needs extra attention in social media. She probably had thousands of friends, and each photo of her scored at least 200 likes.
Ana should have settled for the cliche selfie in front of the speeding train!
14. Deadly Selfie Ruins Wedding
A bachelorette party is one last chance for the future bride to go wild and have some fun with her best friends.
Although alcohol and male strippers often make their way into the equation, most gatherings rely on girls goofing around and doing what they like best.
That was not the case for bride-to-be Colette Moreno, who died in a car crash on her way to her bachelorette party. This selfie, taken just seconds before the impact, is all we have to tell the story.
Colette was the one taking the selfie from the passenger seat. We all know how girls react when there is the slightest possibility of appearing in a selfie.
Her best friend lost control of the vehicle and created one more selfie victim to add to the list.
15. Bathroom Trouble in the Selfie Olympics
The Olympic Games are popular amongst the young, and they inspired a curious equivalent in the selfie world.
The Selfie Olympics is the name given to a Facebook page that encourages people to post some of the weirdest and most shocking photos of them.
The trend claimed the life of Oscar Reyes in January 2015, who attempted something spectacular in his bathroom. We do not know details, but he fell and injured his head.
His mother found him unconscious and in a pool of blood that was steadily flowing down the drain. It was already too late for Oscar.
The young man was encouraged to try for gold as his earlier Sponge Bob costume selfie gathered 200 likes.
16. Deadly Selfie at Machu Picchu
The walls of Machu Picchu have not seen death since the times of the conquistadors. Everything changed when a German tourist attempted a daring jumping selfie.
Oliver Park, 51 at that time, ignored all safety precautions and chose a dangerous spot for his reckless act. What he failed to consider was the inertia that he gained once in the air. As he landed, his feet slipped on the rocks and sent him down the slope.
Nearby tourists could only watch as the man plunged to his death. Guess who found the phone and took a selfie just minutes after?
17. Daredevil Selfie Ends Badly
Fear defying selfies are a big thing for Russian daredevils.
A 17-year-old teenager attempted the selfie of the millennium, by tying himself to a rope and making it look as if he was falling from the top of the building.
We do not know what went wrong in his calculation, but what happened was truly tragic and painful just to watch. The rope snapped, offering the young lad a free fall he did not expect.
The most interesting bit of information is that the event is by no means isolated. A youth subculture called “roofers” is sending an increasing number of youngsters in jail for accessing rooftops illegally.
Father Putin is certainly not proud of this!
18. Down The Stairs at the Taj Mahal
What was supposed to be the perfect vacation selfie to make friends at home jealous ended up with a death certificate written in a foreign language.
Taking selfies while on vacation might seem the safest thing in the world. That was not the case for a Japanese tourist traveling through India. He fell off the stairs right in front of the Taj Mahal.
Taking a selfie with a monument in the background requires not only a stick long enough but also some balancing skills. Trying to get the angle right often absorbs people, and makes it much easier for them to ignore the risks.
We are curious what happens with social media profiles once the user is dead. Is there a Facebook heaven where you can add God as a friend?
19. Deadly Walrus Hates Selfies
You probably love animals, but how far are you willing to go to take a selfie with your favorite creature?
One man pushed his ambitions to the extreme. The outcome will haunt the mind of any animal enthusiast seeking close encounters.
The lad ignored all safety instructions and entered the pool where a 1.5-ton female walrus was going through her daily chores. The giant beast dragged the man under water, drowning him to death.
Apparently, the walrus wanted only to play and hated selfies more than anything else. Surveillance cameras captured everything, and the video appeared for a limited period on the Internet.
20. Guess Those Aliens Got Pissed by Their Selfie!
Taking a selfie with your bro on a lazy Sunday afternoon packed with beers. What can possibly go wrong?
For starters, you can end up abducted, and probed in such an awful manner that you would end up hating modern technology. This was not your average “Close Encounter of the First Kind” that makes most people chuckle!
Drinking beers, laughing, and having your selfie ruined by a spaceship exiting the hyperspace. The biggest dream a UFO hunter can have quickly turned into a nightmare as the intergalactic visitors seemed to have a short temper in matters of being photographed.
These two were never seen again and are presumed dead. Their last photo triggered an avalanche of comments on social media and made the two chubby mates local heroes.
It was only a matter of time until the Greys admitted their mistake and joined the selfie craze.
21. Spider Proved Too Much for Her to Handle
Spiders are shy reclusive creatures that rarely dare to face the camera. Not this time!
The small fellow sensed his shot at glory and went for it. Unfortunately, he forgot about the crazy girl that would make an apocalypse out of any bug getting on her radar.
Her face says it all! Scared out of her pajamas, the girl entered DEFCON 1 and turned a lovely day with her BFF into a nightmare. The girl’s fragile heart simply couldn’t keep up with the stress, so we have to count another tragic death attributed to selfies.
Give yourself a small dose of comfort by knowing the other girl is all right. She boldly squished the spider and pledge an oath never to take a selfie again.
22. Cliffhanger Selfie Didn’t Go as Planned
A visit to the Grand Canyon offers some of the best selfie opportunities for couples.
Occasionally, the photo session meant to make your relationship stronger turns into a scramble to stay alive. The boy was so caught up with smiling that he forgot about the cliffhanger unfolding in the background.
Seconds before this selfie was taken, the pair was kissing meters away from the abyss, swearing each other eternal love and all the other nonsense. We all know it never lasts!
They don’t call it “The Grand Canyon” for nothing. Chances of surviving such a fall are as slim as Romeo here ever smiling for a selfie.
Oh, don’t ask us how we got that picture! Some Photoshop was employed for the man to avoid roughing feathers with Arizona’s justice system. The below version is what you would find anywhere else on the Internet.
23. Tornado Is Merciless with Selfie Taker
Taking a selfie with a natural disaster approaching at full speed will never win you the “National Geographic Photo of the Year.”
That is because the guys at NG hate giving awards to dead people. Something tells us they also get a bit picky when it comes to low resolution and silly hashtag antics.
As embarrassing as it for the girl, the selfie raises a big warning sign. Check out her prom partner in the background. He is also taking a photo of the menacing vortex, and there are no signs the two commenced the warm-up for the sprint needed to save their lives.
But maybe we are the ones overreacting. Living on Tornado Alley brings one of those babies in your neighborhood far too often for them to remain scary.
24. This Firefighter Celebrated Way Too Early!
Taking a selfie break is not a bad idea unless you are a firefighter.
Sure, his friends flooded his social media account with likes and smiley faces, but that never brought someone back from the dead, did it? Call us rude to tell a professional how to do his job, but celebrations should commence only once the flames are put down.
Taking a selfie might require only a couple of seconds of distraction but that was enough for the blazing Inferno to escalate and claim the life of the poor man sent there to help. The only consolation is that he wore cool sunglasses and showed all his teeth in this selfie considered just right for the obituary.
Below you have another angle of the fire! This selfie-taker was smart enough not to leave any piece of evidence behind.
25. Always Remember to Unplug The Lawnmower before Taking a Selfie!
Taking a selfie at the job is not a bad idea unless you are trimming the neighbor’s grass for a living.
This young lad took a lot of pride in his motorized vehicle and insisted on sharing the embarrassing pic with all his social media friends. Buckle up as now comes the sad part.
As stupid as it might sound, the idiot here forgot to unplug the lawnmower. Do you still need to hear the rest? Let’s just say that a blade which cuts through stubborn weeds is powerful enough to chop the life right out of you.
Do you think he will do a decent job mowing the heavenly lawn? Until his transit through Purgatory ends, check out another guy who perished in similar circumstances.
26. Grenade Selfie Doesn’t Go as Planned
As you probably expected, Russia is coming strong from behind with cases of selfies turned deadly.
While most Russians are far from being considered innocent people, they do deserve our compassion for their tragic losses.
One case stands from the rest because it happened in the military. Two Russian soldiers stationed in the Ural Mountains decided a grenade is enough to spice up their selfie routine.
Some kids would give a kidney just to take a selfie with a Kalashnikov, but these men scratch their backs with them every day. There are so many weird selfie opportunities in the army these brave man will never get bored.
27. Russian Teen Pushes Her Luck One Last Time
Don’t you feel sad when such lovely girls go to waste?
For Russian teenager Xenia Ignatyeva it was either Instagram glory or a life of mediocrity. Her choice was obviously not inspired!
We lack pics from Xenia’s last adventure, but her sky-scraping selfies are enough proof that she toyed with one force of nature that always wins – gravity.
According to friends that witnessed the tragedy, Xenia mishandled the selfie stick and fell from hundreds of feet up in the air. You will be shocked to know she died before impact, as live wires drove a scandalous amount of volts through her frail body.
As expected, this failed selfie did not scare the generations of Russian daredevils that scale high-rise buildings more boldly than SpiderMan.
28. Underwater Selfie Inspires a New “Jaws” Movie
As current technology made underwater photography a reality, foolish men went down there to test what they assumed to be just an urban legend – selfies kill more people each year than sharks do.
They were right! The coroners did not spend a lot of time thinking what to write under “cause of death.” As tempting as it is to blame narcissistic pics for everything wrong in our society, they couldn’t resist the urge of giving 5 P.M. news the bloodshed they crave.
Ever through why sharks are so effective in hunting down their human targets? Well, they possess a face-recognition sensor that works pretty much like the one you have on your smartphone.
There’s no rocket science here! A swimmer smiling for a selfie has 80% higher chances of attracting a hungry shark.
29. Trialed and Sentenced to Death for Treason
Selfie takers often leave at home their common sense.
Check out the story of this young bloke that pushed his love for the British monarchy far outside the perimeter set up by the law. The unfortunate soul had no idea his country has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to harassing royals with selfies.
It was enough for the Queen to wink and three MI6 agents dressed as civilians captured the young boy. The desperate appeals of his mother had no effect. The judge had to pass sentence typical in such cases.
The Tower of London had to be closed for tourists for a couple of days. It’s never easy choosing the execution method for pesky selfie-takers.
Don’t worry! He was served the last tea, as tradition requires.
30. Indian Teens Attempt Dangerous “Cliffie”
India is such a populous country that no one bothers to ask “why” when news breaks that selfies claimed another soul.
Prepare to expand your knowledge of selfie subcultures with this “brilliant” death-defying practice that is taking by storm the youth on the subcontinent. Cliffies are group selfies carried out as close as possible to the edge of the abyss.
The trick is to look as relaxed and casual as possible, ignoring the spasm opening beneath your feet. We wouldn’t be showing you the pics if everything went on as planned.
It didn’t! From what we know two of them slipped and fell to their deaths once the photo session was over. Guess they better start looking for new gang members.
31. Dumb Japanese Woman Forgets about Gravity
Japan doesn’t need selfie deaths to be a strange place.
Don’t let that smile fool you! It did not end well for her, and we both know what happened. As social media greeted that woman’s stunts with ever-increased enthusiasm, she went higher, bolder, and left behind all precautions.
We lack details on how she met her tragic fate, but we can guess the culprit. All it takes is a broken railing bolt or a slippery surface.
Such selfie accidents have become the norm today. Do you know how hard it is to remove blood stains from decorative pavements? It doesn’t help telling people the city had its worst catfight in years over there.
32. Selfie Fails to Break the Culture-Barrier
Can you guess what happened after this selfie was taken?
No, the tribe elders did not give her the keys of the village. Instead, they blew the dust from an old cookbook and attempted grandma’s recipe for cooking human meat. It turned out just right!
Unfortunately, it seems that selfies are not the ambassadors of peace capable of bridging gaps between cultures. Remote groups of savages continue to believe firmly that photos can steal one’s soul.
It wasn’t long until they attempted to break her iPhone with stick and stones. Apparently, the man below met a similar fate in his audacious attempt to take cool selfies with the local tribesmen. “Me Selfie, You Smile.”
33. Geyser Proved Too Much for Careless Selfie Enthusiast
Francoise Guillaume is the name of the woman that added one extra hilarious case to the Pantheon of selfie deaths.
Visiting Chile’s famous El Tatio geyser was supposed to offer the perfect photo opportunity to make friends at home jealous. Desperate to fit both her mug and the burst of boiling water into the same frame, Francoise ventured far beyond the safety point.
She fell into the 85˚C water and became soup material. Pain must have been excruciating, but the woman was heard mostly complaining about losing her phone.
Rushing her to the ER proved pointless. Even worse, no one managed to retrieve that phone and the golden selfies.
34. This Wasn’t His Lucky Day
For one Nigerian man, his best selfie ever also proved to be the last.
Taken seconds before disaster struck, the photo makes any detective work pointless. The crocodile closed those jaws, virtually decapitated the unfortunate soul.
Now comes the brainteaser. What part of “crocodiles kill and eat hundreds of people each year” did he missed? Was he hoping for the crocodile to resist the teasing and act like a good sport?
Below we see the lucky croc sharing the incredible story with one river colleague. “Yeah man, I opened my mouth, and he put it inside. Man, that thing tasted good!”
35. He Took One Last Selfie to Say Goodbye
You are driving through the outback when a wild dust devil comes out of the blue. What do you do?
For one man, the few neurons that managed to kick in pushed him towards a rash decision that won him the Darwin Award. The lad stepped out of his vehicle and took a selfie with the menacing twister.
Check out his face below, right when he realized he is in grave danger. The pics are real and are part of footage that exists on YouTube.
The conclusion? Add another item to the list of reasons why you should NEVER visit Australia. Oh, and add one extra foolish selfish taker that succumbed at the hands of its hobby.
36. When Cats Attack Their Selfie-Obsessed Owner
Selfies involving cats always have the potential to go nuclear.
Check out the face of that innocent girl as she gives in to peer pressure and takes a photo revealing her beloved pussy. However, the animal doesn’t seem to agree with the idea of becoming a social media sensation.
Kicking with that hind leg is just the beginning of the ordeal, and a simple Google search might reveal to you the bloodbath that ensued.
Moving on to the pic below, the guy with the awful haircut apparently mishandles the cat. Given the size of the beast, we are convinced retaliation is well on its way.
37. Cool Pilot Takes Selfie Midair
What happens when flight pilots stick their arms out the window to take a selfie?
Everything learned in flying school regarding safety is put behind when social media glory and narcissism are on the horizon.
We will not lie to you. The above photo is fake, and it is impossible for pilots to open the cockpit windows at high altitudes. The speed of the plane and the low outside pressure would quickly deplete the cabin’s reserves of air.
Nevertheless, low altitude flights on private planes are a different story. A man lost control of his Cessna 150 and crashed it while trying to take a selfie. A GoPro was found near the wreckage, revealing how an obsession can kill even experienced pilots.
38. Tsunami? Let Me Take One Selfie!
What’s the most rational decision to make when you see a 3-story wall of water waiting to come down on you?
Simple – take a selfie and enjoy the breeze. The praying you performed at the temples of Mount Fuji should keep you alive without a problem.
This incredible shot taken seconds before impact dates from the 2011 earthquake that devastated Japan. It made the remains of coastal communities float on the Pacific like rubber ducks in a bathtub.
Japanese people are used to tragedies and crazy stuff happening, so maybe this is just a sample of a highly efficient life philosophy – live the moment like it’s your last. However, that doesn’t mean such a selfie is not fair game for our list.
39. Selfie Taker Ignores the Strong Wind Forecast
Climbing all the way to the top of giant Jesus is not something people do on a daily basis.
Exactly that argument was used by this British tourist when he scaled the Brazilian monument of Christ the Redeemer in search of a breathtaking selfie. As uplifting as it seems, the experience had its downsides.
Get the hint? DOWNsides. Your sin sheet needs to be immaculate to survive such an audacious stunt.
Divine wrath came in the form of strong winds that made no effort from plunging this mindless selfie taker into the abyss.
40. “The Floor Is Lava” Gets Painfully Real
Not even experts can resist the temptation of showing off the dangers they face on a daily basis.
Is this man still alive? No one knows for sure. But something is telling us he is a good at playing “the floor is lava.”
As colorful and bright as it seems, the lava can dissolve a man in a matter of seconds. The only chance you have for your selfie to survive such a disastrous scenario is to use a Nokia. Those babies are basically indestructible so you should have no problems.