French daredevil Tancrede Melet plummets to his death as hot air balloon stunt goes wrong
A world expert in extreme sports, including base jumping and high risk tightrope walking, has died as he prepared to undertake a daring hot air balloon stunt.
Tancrede Melet, leader of a stunt group called the Flying Frenchies, was taking part in an project with acrobats, according to an announcement on the Flying Frenchies' website.
According to the statement, Melet accidentally fell 30 metres after being suspended at arm's length from a hot air balloon basket. It is believed he was about to undertake a tightrope walk between two hot air balloons.
The tragic accident happened in Drome, France on Tuesday (local time).
The Flying Frenchies are known for their death-defying performances and films which they staged all over the world.
The team have paid tribute to Melet, a 32-year-old father of one. On their Facebook page, a spokesman for the team 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.'
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Melet lis survived by his partner Tiphanie Breillot and daughter Leonie.