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The backstory: French daredevil Remi Lucidi made a name for himself for his high-rise stunts starting in 2016. At just 30 years old, he’d performed free-climbing stunts all over the world, including Bulgaria, Portugal, France, Ukraine and Dubai. He gained a following on Instagram by posting about his feats, with his page full of selfies taken on top of buildings, scaffolding and other tall structures. Using the name “Remi Enigma” on Instagram, he posted a photo of Hong Kong’s skyline on July 24 with the caption “Hong Kong ♥.”
The development: Lucidi checked into a hostel in Hong Kong on July 17 and was supposed to check out on Sunday, July 30. On Thursday, he scaled a high-rise residential building in the city called Tregunter Tower, which stands at 219 meters (721 feet). Investigators say he accessed the building by telling the security guard that he was visiting a friend on the 40th floor. He was seen knocking on the window of the penthouse on the 68th floor by a housekeeper cleaning inside around 7:30 that night. The housekeeper called police after noticing him. According to the South China Morning Press, it’s possible he was knocking on the window for help. Sadly, Lucidi fell to his death before the cops arrived. Police confirmed him dead at the scene on the ground level. They also found Lucidi’s sports camera at the scene, which had videos of his extreme adventures. They’re currently investigating the incident.
"A preliminary investigation suggested the man was an extreme sports enthusiast," a source told SCMP. "It is possible that he got trapped outside the penthouse while practicing an extreme sport in the building, and he knocked on the window for help but accidentally fell to his death."
"Bro went out doing what he loved!” a fellow explorer posted on Lucidi’s Instagram page. “He lived his life fully. Not many can say that."