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Maybe 73-year-old BASE jumper James E. Hickey didn’t precisely want to die when he leapt off the 500-foot-high Perrine Bridge, in Twin Falls, Idaho, and lit his own goddamn parachute on fire. On the other hand, I think it is safe to say that jumping off of a 500-foot-high bridge and lighting one’s own parachute on fire is not the behavior of someone who especially doesn’t want to die. In any case, James E. Hickey did leap off a 500-foot-high bridge, and did light his own parachute on fire, and did die. He has died. But also, man, he fuckin’ lived, too.

[Associated Press]

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