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  • Owner of Segway Company Dies After Driving Famous Scooter Off Cliff

    Filed under "Horrible & Ironic Ways To Die":

    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."
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/09...scooter-cliff/


  • #2
    Not to make light of the tragedy, but it appears his invention served as the vehicle which allowed him to segue from this life to the afterlife.
    "If you wait, all that happens is you get older" - Mario Andretti

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mario4ever View Post
      Not to make light of the tragedy, but it appears his invention served as the vehicle which allowed him to segue from this life to the afterlife.
      He didn't invent it.
      It's a Hoosier thing, you wouldn't understand...

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      • #4
        Bizarre.

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        • #5
          Obviously they cross-country version needs more testing.

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          • #6
            This needs a Snopes smell test.
            "The Internet. Where fools go to feel important" - Sir Charles Barkley

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            • #7
              Originally posted by window View Post
              This needs a Snopes smell test.
              Google News

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MoparsRule View Post
                Obviously the cross-country version needs more testing.
                They crossed "Does it fly?" off the test spec sheet.
                Got to watch out for those Libertarians - they want to take over the government and leave everyone alone!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by midtown View Post
                  He didn't invent it.
                  Thanks for the correction. Did someone in his company invent it or did he purchase the rights from the inventor so that he could sell the product? In any event it appears to be a nasty accident.
                  "If you wait, all that happens is you get older" - Mario Andretti

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                  • #10
                    He bought the company.
                    ...---...

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                    • #11
                      When I first saw this I immediately thought it was from The Onion.
                      I ain't quiet, everybody else is too loud.

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                      • #12
                        Heard it on the radio. My apologies to anyone offended.
                        "The Internet. Where fools go to feel important" - Sir Charles Barkley

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by moparsrule View Post
                          obviously they cross-country version needs more testing.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cheeseczar View Post
                            He bought the company.
                            I can hear him telling the story now.... "I loved it so much, I bought they compannnnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyY!!!!!!!!"

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                            • #15
                              It's still sad, but in terms of sheer irony this is right up there with the billionaire owner of ABC Supply falling off his own roof - apologies to those of you who may have known either man. It's just... ironic.

                              But I guess maybe that's part of the composition that put them where they were.
                              "Each day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this one day for it, and it alone, is life"
                              ~ Sanskrit poem attributed to Kalidasa, "Salutation to the Dawn"


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