Daredevil skyscraper climber Remi Lucidi dies in 712 ft plunge in Hong Kong

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Published Jul 31, 2023 at 01:23 PM

Reading time: 2 minutes

Tragedy struck Hong Kong as a renowned French daredevil climber, Remi Lucidi, lost his life while attempting to scale a skyscraper. The 30-year-old adventurer fell from the 68th floor of the Tregunter Tower complex after allegedly being trapped outside a penthouse.

According to investigators, Lucidi arrived at the building in the evening, claiming he was visiting a friend on the 40th floor. However, he somehow managed to make his way to the top floor where he became trapped. Reports suggest that he desperately knocked on a window, startling a maid who was inside the building.

In a heartbreaking turn of events, Lucidi lost his footing and the fatal fall took his life instantly. Hong Kong officials stated that the building’s security guard attempted to verify Lucidi’s claim of visiting a friend, but the daredevil had already caught an elevator, avoiding any further questioning.

As reported by the South China Morning post, Lucidi was last seen alive knocking on a penthouse window on the 68th floor of Tregunter Tower around 7:30 pm. This prompted a concerned maid to call the police for assistance.

Police discovered Lucidi’s sports camera at the scene, containing videos of extreme sports. However, an official statement and the cause of the stuntman’s death are yet to be disclosed by the Hong Kong police.

The daring adventurer had been residing at a hostel in Tsim Sha Tsui, where the hostel owner, Gurjit Kaur, described him as “healthy, fit, and always wearing a happy face.” She expressed profound sadness at his untimely demise.

Just before the tragic incident, Lucidi shared a photograph of the Hong Kong skyline on his Instagram profile, providing a poignant glimpse into the final moments of his life:

 

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Lucidi’s social media page revealed a trail of stunts he had attempted in various parts of the world, including Germany, Portugal, France, and Hong Kong. His thirst for adventure knew no bounds as he sought thrilling escapades across the globe.

 

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The stories of these daredevils echo throughout history, from tightrope walkers like Philippe Petit, who famously walked between the Twin Towers in 1974, to urban explorers who scale skyscrapers without safety equipment. While some have managed to defy the odds and live to tell the tale, others have paid the ultimate price for their pursuits.

The allure of high-rise stunts lies in the intoxicating blend of fear and euphoria. The pounding heart and the sense of being truly alive draw them towards ever-greater challenges. For a fleeting moment, they escape the mundane realities of life, experiencing a heightened state of existence that few can comprehend.

Psychologists and thrill-seeking experts suggest that these daredevils may suffer from an addiction to adrenaline, similar to those hooked on drugs or alcohol. The ‘adrenaline rush’ becomes a potent drug, fueling a never-ending quest for more significant thrills. As with any addiction, the risks become secondary to the insatiable desire for the next high.

Society, too, plays a role in perpetuating this dangerous pursuit. The public’s insatiable appetite for extreme content drives daredevils to push boundaries further, constantly raising the bar for more daring stunts. The media often glorifies these acts, presenting them as awe-inspiring achievements rather than highlighting the risks and consequences.

Lucidi’s fascination with skyscrapers and climbing began in 2016, leading him to travel across the globe in pursuit of various daring stunts.

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