Instagram influencer, 32, dies taking photo at popular waterfall

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An Instagram influencer has reportedly died while taking a photo at the edge of a popular waterfall in Hong Kong.

Sofia Cheung, 32, was hiking with friends at Ha Pak Lai park on Saturday (local time) when they stopped to take photos at a popular scenic lookout. 

Ms Cheung was posing for a photo on the ledge of Tsing Dai stream near Yuen Long, when she lost her footing and and fell nearly five metres into the pool below, according to The Sun.

Her friends called emergency services and Ms Cheung was rushed to a hospital in Hong Kong, but was declared dead on arrival.

Sofia Cheung is pictured sitting on the edge of a rock edge. The influencer was known for her risky photos.
Sofia Cheung plummeted to her death after slipping and falling five metres while attempting to take a photo. Source: Instagram

Sofia Cheung known for 'dangerous' selfies on Instagram

Ms Cheung, who has more than 6000 followers on Instagram, was known for attempting dangerous climbs and hikes, and posting them online. 

Her page is filled with pictures of her climbing mountains and cliff faces and standing on top of risky lookouts. 

Her social media page lists hiking, kayaking, exploring, outdoor activities and photography as main interests, as well as stating: "Life should be fun not dumb."

The influencer's last photo, posted on July 9, was captioned: "Better days are coming: they are called Saturday and Sunday." 

Hiker Sofia Cheung is pictured holding onto the edge of a rock with water below.
Hong Kong influencer Sofia Cheung has a reputation for dangerous stunts. Source: Instagram

The post was flooded with comments from friends and fans, mourning the loss of the 32-year-old.

"Rip Sophie! I can’t believe last week I still chat with you," one woman wrote.

"I thought better days are coming with Saturday and Sunday?" another said. 

"I will miss your chat every day. I love you always. Rest in peace my pretty Sofia.”

There have have been several fatalities of people taking selfies in dangerous locations. 

Recently, a 23-year-old woman died in Mexico after also falling eight metres off the edge of a waterfall and swept away by the current. Her body was found the next day.

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