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Yosemite National Park, California officials investigate the deaths of a man and a woman who have fallen from a popular vantage point, allowing visitors to walk to the edge of the cliff where there is no railing is, said an official. (October 26th)
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A couple who were fatally missed about 800 meters from a Yosemite National Park last week was an adventurer, according to the Associated Press.

30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy and husband Vishnu Viswanath, 29, set up a tripod near the Taft Point ledge, Viswanath's brother Jishnu Viswanath told AP. Visitors found the camera the next morning and alerted officials, Viswanath said.

The couple, who was living in California Indians, had a documented history in which he made daring photos.

In March, the couple posted such a photo of a Grand Canyon visit to Instagram, NPR reported.

The photo shows Moorthy sitting on the canyon ledge and his caption confirms the danger: "Many of us you really are a fan of brave attempts to stand on the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that Wind Gusts Can Be FATAL? Is Our Life Only Worth a Picture? "

A now-distant travel blog with thousands of followers contained photos of the couple sitting on the edge of a cliff and jumping from airplanes, AP said.

The couple's alma mater – the Chengannur College of Engineering – mourned in a Saturday Facebook post with the loss: "Our hearts go to the friends and family of this beautiful couple, may their souls rest in peace."

Selfie-related deaths are a growing problem. has found a recently published study. The study, published by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, documented more than 250 selfie deaths between October 2011 and November 2017.

Taft Point is a popular photo spot that recently made a headline proposal for a viral photo. The photographer revealed the couple's identity on the photo taken at Taft Point on a Facebook post on Saturday.

In a Friday statement on the fatal crash, Yosemite officials said the incident was still under investigation and identification was being investigated, the deceased had not yet been diagnosed.

Contributed by: Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY; Associated Press

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