The 19-year-old from Houston was posing for an Instagram picture when it went off and fatally shot him in the throat
We’ll do anything for those likes. Pose with sharks and other dangerous wild animals, by railway tracks and in front of moving vehicles. Maybe you think no one would actually put themselves in any of those positions. But they do. All the time.
In July, a man in the Brecon Beacons died after his selfie stick was reportedly hit by lightning; in May, a teen in Romania got tangled up in a 27,000-volt electrical field while she tried to take a selfie on top of a train and only three months ago, a woman was rushed to hospital after shooting herself when trying to take a selfie with a gun she found in her office.
The latest person to die tragically trying to take a "danger selfie" is a teenager from Houston, who passed away yesterday after trying to take an Instagram selfie while holding a loaded pistol to his head. The gun went off accidentally and shot him in the throat. Family members have revealed that 19-year-old Deleon Alonso Smith was a father to two young daughters and set to start community college today.
As the Houston Police Department confirmed, he’d found the gun with his cousin earlier in the day. When it went off, his uncle ran to the apartment and tried to resuscitate him, but Smith died at the scene. His family describe him as a fun-loving person and there's no suspicion of suicide, but the police are investigating.
"It’s a numb feeling. It’s still unbelievable. Yesterday was my birthday and he came to wish me happy birthday, and now this kind of news," Smith's grandmother Alma Douglas told KCRP.
When the Russian government released a guide to taking safe selfies last month, it was easy to laugh at. One of the instructions was "don’t take a selfie with a gun". Now, it’s not so funny. The message is pretty clear: Instagram likes aren’t worth getting hurt for. And they’re definitely not worth your life.