Yosemite National Park, CA – A travel blogger who lectured others on the risks of taking dangerous selfies died along with her husband while taking a selfie at a popular yet dangerous cliff in Yosemite National Park.
The couple died at the same spot where an engagement photo was taken at Taft Point that went viral online.
Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, had set up their tripod at the cliff lookout Oct. 23 and were shooting a selfie when they went over the edge at dropped about 800 feet to their deaths, according to the Associated Press.
Rangers at Yosemite National Park found the couple’s bodies below Taft Point where visitors are allowed to look out at the unguarded cliff face.
Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu Viswanath, said that the couple had set up their tripod close to the sheer edge before they fell, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Moorthy had talked about the dangers of taking a selfies in precarious settings on social media. The couple had a blog at holidaysandhappilyeverafters.com.
“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 gusts can be FATAL???” Moorthy wrote on Instagram in a post attached to a photo of her sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon, according to the Associated Press. “Is our life just worth one photo? When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south from a skyscraper, let’s remember to save that in our core memory.”
Viswanath and Moorthy had been married since 2014. Originally from India, they were software engineers living in San Jose. They enjoyed traveling, according to friends and often took selfies while in exotic locations.
Viswanath’s Facebook page has a cover photo of the two of them smiling on the edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
It’s not clear what happened on the couple’s final day.
“We still do not know what caused them to fall,” said park spokesman Jamie Richards, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall.”
The investigation could take several weeks.