Sometimes, it seems like the most incredible people die in the most heartbreaking of ways. Yesterday, Frenchman Tancrède Melet, 32, an experienced wingsuit pilot, basejumper and inspiration to the working man, died as he was setting up a stunt using hot air balloons.
According to reports translated from Italian and French news outlets, Melet was with four members of his crew known as the “Flying Frenchies” in the small village of Diois in southeast France. All were anchored in a balloon that was on the ground when the balloon lifted off. Other than Melet, the rest of the crew was able to release their anchors. But Melet was stuck and then suspended some 30 meters in the air. The accident is being investigated but apparently his anchor released and he fell to the ground, dying of trauma.