This is so sad.
Alexander Polli, a world-renowned skydiver and a pioneer in BASE jumping, has died in the French Alps after a wingsuit crash on Monday. He was just 31 years old.
Polli apparently crashed into a tree while jumping in an area near Chamonix, France, that is popular, but VERY dangerous, for BASE jumpers.
One search and rescue official told NBC News that this isn’t the first time they have been called out to the area:
“It’s a location where there are a lot of accidents.”
On Facebook, the World Wingsuit League memorialized Polli’s untimely death with a statement to their followers and jumpers, writing:
“Alex was known for his hard-core proximity lines and that legacy continues to inspire new generations of jumpers for years to come. Besides jumping, friends from all around the world are going to miss his free-spirit energy and contagious laughter. We want to wish everyone touched by Alex’s life strength for today and hope for tomorrow.”
Ugh. So sad.
Polli, who was a dual Italian-Norwegian citizen, was known on YouTube for stunning jumps and incredible visual displays of his work.
With millions of views on his videos, Polli truly attracted all kinds of new people to the sport with experiences shown like this (below):
There was also the incredible time that he jumped through a ring of fire (below):
And the most popular of his videos, a flight through a cave in Spain (below):
Incredible. It’s not just the daredevil nature of his work, but also the beauty and serenity in how he jumps, flies, and glides through these amazing areas.
He will undoubtedly be missed.
[Image via YouTube.]