Legendary Base Jumper Leaps To His Death From 22,000-Foot Himalayan Mountain, Leaving Behind Wife And Sons

The famed adventurer held the record for highest base jump.

Record-breaking adventurer Valery Rozov, 52, died while base jumping in a wing suit off the 22,349-foot-high mountain Ama Dablam in the Himalayas, The Washington Post reported.

Rozov, the first person to base jump off of Mount Kilimanjaro, was attempting to base jump from the highest mountain on each continent at the time of his death in Nepal, AFP reported. 

He crashed into a cliff during Saturday’s jump, according to the Himalayan Times, and a rescue team recovered his body from the mountains on Sunday morning.

Rozov had been sponsored by Red Bull.

“The Russian received international recognition as a highly professional athlete, an aerial adventurer who tirelessly set himself against increasingly difficult goals,” the energy drink company wrote in a blog post. “Valery will always remain in our memory: strong in spirit, professional, modest, full of energy, an eternal dreamer who was forever burning with new ideas and projects.”

Rozov, a Russian native, had previously jumped into an active volcano and broke the record in 2013 for the world’s highest base jump, from Changstse, a peak of Mount Everest.

Just last year, he broke his own record, jumping a spectacular 25,262 feet from Mount Cho Oyu.

“We express our deepest condolences to Valery's wife and sons, whom he loved and valued very much,” Red Bull said.

[Image: Getty]

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