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Instagram Daredevil Found Dead Behind NYC Building

Jackson Coe's Instagram often showed him with his feet dangling over skyscrapers or doing backflips off cliffs.

By Gina Tron

The body of a 25-year-old man, who had a knack for posting breathtaking yet dangerous photos on Instagram, was discovered behind a six-story apartment building in New York City’s West Village on Thursday morning.

Police believe Jackson Coe, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, died from a fall, according to the New York Post. It's not clear yet if his death was accidental.

A neighbor found his body but wrongly assumed from a distance that he was laying on the ground because he was drunk. At some point the neighbor called an ambulance.

Coe worked as a growth-marketing associate at GrubHub.

“We are deeply saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with Jackson’s family and friends during this difficult time,” a spokesperson for the food delivery company said in a statement.

Previously, he worked for Tough Mudder, an extreme endurance events company. On Instagram, Coe posted a video of himself doing flips off a trapeze and into a pool of water in 2016 for one of the company’s events.

Living life to the extreme seemed to be one of Coe’s hobbies. In April, he posted a photo of him dangling his legs off a skyscraper in Manhattan. His Instagram features him and friends backflipping into the ocean off of cliffs and boats.

Since his death, Coe’s Instagram has become flooded with comments. One person accused him of being a “clout-chaser,” and others blamed him for his own death. A commenter responded to the negativity by stating, “These people saying awful things just don’t get it. It’s not about the fame or how many likes you get. It’s about the serenity you get while actually living your life to the fullest. Jackson definitely did. He found peace, he found that moment where he could fully be present. These people who are saying he deserved it don’t know what it’s like to be in the moment, the flow state. RIP jackson.”

[Photo: Instagram]