Thrill-seeker known for high rise stunts dead after falling from 68th floor

A globetrotting daredevil was found dead on a Chinese street after reportedly last being seen banging on a 68th-floor window — from the outside.

The high-rise horror took place Thursday when French thrill-seeker and photographer Remi Lucidi, 30, gained entry to the Tregunter Tower complex located in an upscale neighborhood of Hong Kong. Though guarded by security, reports indicated the extreme sports enthusiast had fibbed his way onto an elevator, which he rode toward his own end.

Details of Lucidi’s final stunt, having scaled high-rises in the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Bulgaria and France, came from the South China Morning Post which had spoken with police who had arrived too late to intervene.

Evidently, the daredevil who posted to social media under the name “Remi Enigma” had told a security guard at the building’s entry around 6 p.m. that he was there to visit someone he knew on the 40th floor. By the time the story was proven false, Lucidi had already entered an elevator on his way to the 49th floor where security footage showed him step off.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., police had been called after “a frightened domestic helper” in a penthouse on the 68th floor had seen the man knocking on the window from the outside.

Before authorities could arrive, Lucidi had plummeted from the exterior of the tower and was found dead at ground level. Attempts to stop him prior to his climb had proven futile as, though CCTV video had confirmed his continuing up the stairs after getting off the elevator, he was nowhere in sight after authorities had discovered the hatch to the roof had been forced open.

His final post on Instagram from several days before his death showed a nighttime view of the Hong Kong skyline from an unspecified vantage point with a number of hashtags that included “#urbanclimbing,” “#urbanrogues” and “#chasing_rooftops.”

Officers confirmed to the Post that they had visited the Tsim Sha Tsui hostel where he had been staying since July 17 with a checkout day of Sunday. There, investigators had spoken with a night shift worker who, “said he had spoken with Lucidi several times, with the Frenchman telling him he was in Hong Kong on holiday. ‘He told me he was going to hike a mountain when I asked where he was going. He said he wanted to hike a lot when he was here,’ the worker added.”

The owner of the hostel, Gurjit Kaur spoke with the outlet and detailed that the photographer was a “friendly and humble guy,” but otherwise minded his own business.

“He was healthy and fit and happy faced. I fell very sad,” she added.

Belongings that included a laptop computer were collected by police Saturday while a camera had been discovered nearby the sight of his death containing videos of his stunts which at times included hanging by one arm from great heights.


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