FATAL SELFIE: Teen Killed Taking Instagram Photo With Gun To His Head

Get that young man a Darwin Award:

A 19-year-old trying to take an Instagram selfie died Tuesday.

The teen tried to take a picture of himself holding a gun to his head when the gun went off, according to the Houston Police Department.

The victim’s uncle said he ran into the apartment in the 9800 block of Forum Park Drive and attempted to resuscitate his nephew but he had already died.

The victim’s family said he leaves behind two young daughters and that he was a fun-loving person. Family members said the shooting was a complete accident and the victim never talking about suicide.


There are few things dumber than pointing a gun at your own head. One of those dumber things is then pulling the trigger.

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There are some sites and social media labeling this death as the “first fatal selfie,” but I don’t know of any empirical evidence supporting that claim. For that matter, it doesn’t appear even the first fatal selfie in the past month.

A Milwaukee man fatally shot himself in the femoral artery less than two weeks ago while attempting to reholster a pistol after taking a selfie.


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