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Gigi Wu

Taiwanese authorities said they found the body of a climber who became famous on social media for taking selfies on top of mountain peaks dressed in a bikini. She had fallen down a ravine on Saturday.

Gigi Wu, 36, dubbed the 'Bikini Climber' by her followers, used a satellite phone on Saturday to tell her friends she had fallen down a ravine in Yushan National Park (Taiwan) and was severely injured.

According to the authorities that found Wu's dead body on Monday, Wu told her friends she was unable to move the lower half of her body after a fall of some 20-30 meters. Apparently, she died of hypothermia.

Taiwan boasts many mountains that regularly top 3,000 meters. In winter, temperatures routinely drop below zero.

Gigi Wu is the latest in a string of social media adventure seekers who have met an untimely end.

In October 2018, the 'Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care' reported that about 260 people have died in recent years while trying to take 'selfies'.

The young woman had built up a considerable social media following by posting photos of herself at mountain peaks wearing a bikini. However, she usually wore hiking clothes to scale the mountains, only changing into a bikini once she reached the top.

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