• Sep 27, 2010
According to the BBC, Jimi Heselden, the CEO of Hesco Bastion, was killed on Sunday, September 26 when he apparently rode his Segway off of a cliff and into a river. Hesco Bastion sells Segway self-balancing scooters in the UK market.
According to the story, police were called after reports came in that a man had fallen into a wharf in West Yorkshire. Heselden and a "Segway-type device" were found in the water, and the scooter mogul was pronounced dead at the scene. Heselden made his fortune in the manufacturing sector and founded his corporation in the tough neighborhood where he grew up.

Heselden was also a generous philanthropist, donating a total of 23 million to various charities during his life. Earlier this month, the 62-year-old businessman donated 10 million to a Leeds community organization. The BBC quoted a spokesperson for Hesco Bastion as saying Heselden will be remembered both for his generosity and his pride in the Leeds area. Thanks to everyone for the tips.

[Source: BBC]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      For the record he fell into the River Wharfe, not into a wharf.

      By all accounts a very decent man who never forgot his roots and even with great success stuck around his old neighborhood in a tough part of town. Accidents happen be it on a Segway or a mountain bike or even a slip and fall walking, and what's to say it might have been a heart attack for all we know.

      A sad loss of a good bloke who likely had many years of giving left in him if he'd lived.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The article I read portrayed him as a very generous and in-touch person who had good fortune in life and recognized the need to help those less fortunate than himself. Such an unfortunate accident, I'm sure he'll be missed by many.
      Carpenter
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOOK MA! NO HANDS! :-(
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like he Segwayed into the next life
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most stories say he was more than the UK importer. They say he bought the whole company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys who are making fun are idiots!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go ahead laugh.....it's good for you. How can you not find funny going off a cliff in a Segway? Picture in your mind......cliff......Segway. This something out of Monty Python or Bugs Bunny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Heselden was also a generous philanthropist, donating a total of 23 million to various charities during his life."

      Dear BBC: 23 million what?

      (Not that it really matters, it's still a ton of coin either way. Most articles I've read, though, state what currency they're speaking of (Though likely pounds sterling), especially since most articles are published internationally)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me some weeks ago the story of the inventor of "the club", who was killed in a car accident...the very thing he invented, to protect.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Club doesn't protect against car accidents, it prevents the car from being stolen.

        If it were irony, the Club inventor would have his car stolen out of his driveway with just the Club sitting on the ground.

        But the Club never had anything to do with safety, just theft.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tough to lead into a story like this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't you mean "segway" into a story like this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Crushed to death by a steamroller, like in Austin Powers...

      It's rolling along at like 2 mph, and Austin's on the ground for like a minute.
      • 4 Years Ago
      His last words while going over the cliff. Look folks it can fly too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well its probably dangerous to drive any vehicle near a cliff but maybe more so in a Segway. My ity has Segway tours and one day I was talking to a tour guide and she told me that users will fall off their segway at least once, but that they usually make those mistakes in the training class before they scoot into the city.

      That just tells me that their is a learning curve to the machine and it's probably subtle where a slight change in conditions is enough to make you fall if you are not aware of the conditions. So in this case maybe driving near a cliff disoriented the guy and he lost his balance. Poor guy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You are a sorry excuse for a human being. Seriously? Remember, this is somebody who had achieved business success and has generously donated much as a philanthropist, and you think it's funny?
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