A French slackliner, jumper and wingsuiter named Tancrede Melet, accidentally fell more than 100ft to his death while getting ready to perform with a hot air balloon on Tuesday January 5th. According to his colleagues, the tragic event which happened in Drome, France occurred while he was tightrope walking between two hot air balloons. He fell while being suspended at the basket at arm’s length.
According to his profile on the Flying Frenchies website Mr Melet resigned from his engineering job to follow his ‘quest of freedom’ four years ago. The daredevil’s passion became his full time job and he featured in adverts and videos and took part in live shows and lectures.
The 32-year-old father-of-one was part of the stuntmen group called the Flying Frenchies, who were also know as the ‘Skyliners’.
On their Facebook page, a spokesman said:’Tancrede Melet, a surprising lover of life, surprised us by leaving us too soon. ‘He leaves behind wonderful memories, a taste of freedom and a head full of dreams,’ Mr Melet is survived by his partner, Tiphaine Breillot, and a young daughter.