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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/27/segway-boss-jimi-heselden-dies-cliff-fall

The flamboyant former miner at the head of the Segway scooter company has died in a freak accident by sliding on one of the miniature two-wheelers off a cliff.

Jimi Heselden, who latched on to an international craze for the upright, motorised "green commuter machines", was testing a cross-country version when he skidded into the river Wharfe which runs beside his Yorkshire estate.

Police confirmed this morning that the 62-year-old's body had been found in the river at Boston Spa, five miles from the Leeds factory where he made his first fortune from Afghanistan defence contracts. Using redundancy money from his pit job, he invented a wire basket crammed with earth and water which proved far more effective than sandbags against mortar and missile attacks.

Heselden, whose personal fortune was ranked at £166m and earned him 395th place in this year's Sunday Times Rich List, died after the accident yesterday morning. West Yorkshire police said the scooter had been found nearby after the body had been reported by a local walker at 11.40am. "Mr Heselden was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The incident is not believed to be suspicious and the coroner has been informed," said a spokesman for the force.
#5
I just saw this on BBC News.

Although I did have to laugh at "Flamboyant Miner".

Zoolander anyone?
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I just saw this on BBC News.

Although I did have to laugh at "Flamboyant Miner".

Zoolander anyone?

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#8
I read it earlier, must admit I did laugh about the fact he drove one of his own scooters off the cliff, I had a mental picture of it.
#9
thats pretty sad, and kind of a weird way to go
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#11
such a strange way to die...
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Why didn't he just get off the scooter...?

Yeah, it's not like they go any faster than jogging speed anyway.
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I read it earlier, must admit I did laugh about the fact he drove one of his own scooters off the cliff, I had a mental picture of it.


Yeah, I had something similar. Just this image of him tumbling off a cliff whilst still clutching to it, with a "fuuuuuuuuuu" face in mid-air.

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#17
How very bizarre. Boston Spa's four miles away from my home town
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Fucker should've wore a helmet.
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