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Valery Rozov, Legendary BASE Jumper, Dies During Jump

Valery Rozov, Legendary BASE Jumper, Dies During Jump

Valery Rozov poses for a portrait after the Kilimanjaro BASE Jump in Tanzania on Feb. 10, 2015. (Denis Klero/Red Bull/SIPA via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 13 November 2017 04:45 PM

Legendary Russian BASE jumper Valery Rozov has died at age 52 while trying to BASE jump 22,000 feet in the Himalayas.

Rozov, known as “the limitless man,” was the first person to skydive into a volcano crater and to jump off Mount Kilimanjaro. He continued to break records even into his early 50s.

On Saturday, Rozov died during a jump from the 22,349-foot-high Ama Dablam mountain in eastern Nepal’s Himalayas, The Washington Post reported. Rozov reportedly crashed into a cliff after leaping from the mountain in a wingsuit.

Rozov’s body was recovered by a rescue team in a helicopter Sunday morning and flown to Kathmandu, according to the Himalayan Times.

He held the record for highest BASE jump after breaking his own previous 23,687-foot record, jumping 25,262 feet in 2016 from Mount Cho Oyu.

Rozov had worked with Red Bull since 2004, and the drink company eulogized him in a blog post over the weekend, calling him “a highly professional athlete, an aerial adventurer who tirelessly set himself against increasingly difficult goals.”

“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,” Red Bull wrote. 

Mountaineer Prem Kumar Singh posted about Rozov on Facebook, calling him “an absolute legend, pushing your limits every single time. ... May you fly higher and stronger in your afterlife.”

Rozov had made more than 10,000 jumps in his career, the New York Daily News reported.

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