The parents of an American tourist to fell to his death in Australia have revealed the last photo he took.
Zimmerman was a missionary with the Church of Latter Day Saints, and he died about a year ago. His parents recently spoke out about the final photo he took.
“It's a selfie, you can see all the people around. He looks so happy! He had a smile on his face, it looked like a beautiful day,” Ray Zimmerman, his father, was quoted as saying by the news outlet on May 5.
He added that it appeared as if there was “plenty of room between him and the edge, I mean I didn't think, there was no alarm.” The photo, he said, “looked perfectly fine.”
When his son took the photo and uploaded it, Ray Zimmerman responded, but his son didn’t respond and so the father thought he was busy.
“Then I said, ‘I'll talk to you next week, bud. Love ya’ and then we get the knock on the door a few hours [later],” he told the Daily Mail.
At the time, a local Australian official said his fall appeared to be accidental.
"He emailed me right before he left with the other missionaries," she told the news outlet.
"We talked about things we were going to do after he got home from his mission and how excited he was to reach his one-year mark [in Australia] in August," Grillo added.
"Then he said he might lose signal because they were going to the cliffs and so he said he would take lots of pictures and email me next week to show me,” she continued.
Selfie DeathsThe Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care said that about 259 people have died since 2011 while taking selfies.
Most of the victims are under the age of 30 and about 72 percent were male, the organization said.
It noted that men were more likely to take riskier photos.
Elaborating further, “The highest number of incidents and selfie-deaths has been reported in India followed by Russia, United States, and Pakistan,” according to the U.S. agency.
“Drowning, transport, and fall form the topmost reasons for deaths caused by selfies. We also classified reasons for deaths due to selfie as risky behavior or non-risky behavior. Risky behavior caused more deaths and incidents due to selfies than non-risky behavior. The number of deaths in females is less due to risky behavior than non-risky behavior while it is approximately three times in males,” it said.