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Thread: Segway Company Owner Dies After Tragic Segway Accident

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    Default Segway Company Owner Dies After Tragic Segway Accident



    Multi-millionaire Jimi Heselden, the owner of Segway Inc. since December 2009, has died after reportedly driving a Segway scooter off a cliff and into a river.

    The fatal accident allegedly occurred at Heselden's West Yorkshire estate, according to the Daily Mail. He was "using one of the machines--which use gyroscopes to remain upright and are controlled by the direction in which the rider leans--to inspect the grounds of his property," writes the Daily Mail. "A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said today: 'Police were called at 11.40am yesterday to reports of a man in the River Wharfe, apparently having fallen from the cliffs above.'"

    Police told the Telegraph that a "Segway-style vehicle" was recovered at the scene of the accident.

    Hesco Bastion, the company of which Heselden was chairman, confirmed Heselden's death in a statement given to the BBC. "It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that Jimi Heselden OBE, has died in a tragic accident near his home in West Yorkshire," said the Hesco Bastion spokesperson.

    Heselden was known for his generous philanthropy: he had donated over 23 million GBP to charitable causes over his lifetime.

    According to the BBC, Heselden "worked as a miner before losing his job in a wave of redundancies in the 1980s. His engineering business went from strength-to-strength and he had a fortune reported to be [166 million GBP], making him one of the top 400 richest people in the UK."
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13...l#ixzz10jWHuv71

    This is a joke, right?

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    Apparently not. It was on ABC News also.


    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellnes...ry?id=11736855

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    It was clarified as Segwayicide

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    It was clarified as Segwayicide
    Bad joke Drdeath...

    We may never know what truly happened. But do some research on the man and his accomplishments. He was a very caring man who gave much of his fortune to charity. Today is a sad day, the world needs more people like him in my opinion.

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    i guess this overused quote would fit here: "he died doing what he loved" ...

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    As ironic as the dude who started the jogging craze, who died of a heart attack while jogging. He was fairly young to boot...
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    I guess he forgot how to lean back.

    Sad regardless because of all the good he did with his wealth instead of hoarding it away like so many others. He sounds like a good man, which we can use more of.

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