This is not a joke.
Jimi Heselden isn’t a household name, but his Segways became a phenomenon during the mid-2000s with the lazy and the nerdy alike using the contraptions to get around.
Now, they are also apparently either 1. more dangerous; or 2. suicide machines.
Few details have surfaced yet in connection with what exactly happened to Heselden and, since there are no witnesses that have come forward, no one may know what caused him to lose control of his… er… um… vehicle.
The fatal Segway accident allegedly occurred at Heselden’s West Yorkshire estate, according to the Daily Mail. He was “using one of the machines — which use gyroscopes to remain upright and are controlled by the direction in which the rider leans — to inspect the grounds of his property,” writes the Daily Mail. “A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said today: ‘Police were called at 11:40 a.m. yesterday to reports of a man in the River Wharfe, apparently having fallen from the cliffs above.’” Via The Huffington Post
Heselden will not be forgotten. Although the man may have spent most of his free time riding around on a weird contraption, he was also a philanthropist and humanitarian.
Jimi Heselden was known for his generous philanthropy: He had donated more than 23 million GBP to charitable causes over his lifetime.
According to the BBC, Heselden ‘worked as a miner before losing his job in a wave of redundancies in the 1980s. His engineering business went from strength-to-strength and he had a fortune reported to be [166 million GBP], making him one of the top 400 richest people in the UK.’