Meenakshi Moorthy and her husband Vishnu Viswanath were travel bloggers and “adrenaline junkies” who lived to visit thrilling new locations and snap precarious selfies. In a social media post at the Grand Canyon this past Spring, Moorthy even declared “A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs — and skyscrapers. But did you know that wind gust can be FATAL??? Is our life just worth one photo?”
Tragically, but perhaps predictably, the 30-year-old and her 29-year-old partner’s harrowing habits ended up costing them their lives. Last week, the two vanished while snapping selfies at Yosemite National Park. Upon further inspection and investigation, their beloved camera and tripod were found abandoned near a cliff’ edge. Shortly after, the couple’s bodies were found at the bottom of the canyon. They had plummeted over 800 feet from famous scenic sight, Taft Point.
Park rangers had to rely on a combination of high-powered binoculars and helicopters to locate the social media bloggers’ remains.
The dynamic duo ran a travel blog titled “Holidays & Happily Ever Afters” that chronicled their journeys across the United States and Europe, offering features such as “Wanderlust Callin” and “Travel Treats.”
Their award-winning adventures often incorporated a mix of traditional romantic activities like a gondola ride through Venice’s canals and incredibly terrifying heights. The blog has since been deactivated.
The couple seemed well aware perhaps even defiant of the risks involved with their social media stunts. In one notable post, Moorthy thanked her husband for taking her skydiving. It reads:
I believe I can flyyy. I believe i can touch the skyyy,Aaaand touch the sky I did from an effin’ 18000 feet thanks to the unconditional love-ninja in my life, Vishnu, who literally took this year’s anniversary surprise a notch ‘higher’ than last year’s hot air ballooning adventure, by gifting this adrenaline junkie with one of the highest tandem skydives in the world!
Selfie-related deaths account for hundreds of fatalities around the world, and India, the couple’s country of origin before settling in San Francisco and making a living in the tech industry, has found them to be a particularly growing menace.
Sean Mattheson, who also hiked to Taft Point with his partner that day, recalls seeing the couple, even catching them in his selfies. He immediately recognized Moorthy’s pink hair.
In his words:
“She was very close to the edge, but it looked like she was enjoying herself. She gave me the willies. There aren’t any railings. I was not about to get that close to the edge. But she seemed comfortable. She didn’t seem like she was in distress or anything.”
Perhaps the only solace here is that Moorthi and Vishwanath left the world together, doing something they truly loved.