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April 25, 2019

Married Instagram travel bloggers were intoxicated when they fell to their death in Yosemite National Park

January 19, 2019
This photo obtained from Facebook posted on June 26, 2017, shows a selfie of Vishnu Viswanath, right, and his wife Meenakshi Moorthy at Skydive Santa Barbara in Lompoc, Calif. (Vishnu Viswanath / AP)

A pair of married travel bloggers from California who fell to their deaths in Yosemite in October had alcohol in their systems and were drunk when they died, according to the autopsy report.

Rangers at the National Park recovered the bodies of 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy and her 29-year-old husband, Vishnu Viswanath some 800 feet below Taft Point on Oct. 26.

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According to autopsy reports from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, both Moory and Viswanath died of “multiple injuries to the head, neck, chest and abdomen,” the Mercury News reported.

They were also “intoxicated with ethyl alcohol prior to death,” though no drugs were found in either of their systems when they plunged from the perch overlooking Yosemite Valley.

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CHASING SUNSETS or CHASING LIKES ??? ?? … Sooo today on #socialmediabadasstribe we are talking about limits of #doitforthegram.??Yeah sure it can be limitless but guys, we reaaaallly need to have boundaries(this is handy as life lessons too but we will revisit that later??) A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs ?and skyscrapers??, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? ?? Is our life just worth one photo? … When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south ?? from a skyscraper, let’s remember to save that in our core memory ?? and not the memory dump ??(I am still on the Inside Out ?? train y’all ??) Same applies when we get our knickers in a twist and hog a spot till we get the perfect shot?? I know I know, I am guilty as charged for all of this ????? and if I didn’t have Mr. Two Goody Shoes, Vishnu ?? with me, I am not even sure if I would have written this post. … Let us all try to be responsible digital citizens and use our “numbers” to be transparent and honest, shall we??? None of us is perfect and the more we accept it and share our flaws as much as our wins, we are one step closer to creating a sane social media without the scary brouhahas.??? … Still there??? Woohoo, a backflip is in order, or wait maybe a pizza? ?? What about a unicorn ice-cream ?? ?? with some Disney-approved cotton candy ???? and pixie dust infused sprinkles ????? if…..IF you could tell me the one time you were effin’ proud of being candid and real AF in social media? ?? … PS – Not sponsored but sweatshirt is from @radearthsupply • • • #grandcanyonnps #northrim #instagramaz #visitarizona #travelarizona #shotzdelight #discovertheroad #usaroadtrip #visittheusa #outdoorsusa #exploretheusa #womenwhoexplore #iamtb #radparks #thediscoverer #gtgi #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #hikemore #radgirlslife #travelreality #dreamscape @womenwhoexplore @visit_arizona @visittheusa @shotzdelight

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How exactly they fell from the cliff side is unclear, though park officials said they discovered a camera tripod set up near where the married couple likely fell.

Moorthy and Viswanath were behind the Instagram account @holidaysandhappilyeverafters, where they regularly posted about their travel adventures.The page, which boasts more than 25,000 followers, is full of colorful pictures of the couple smiling and enjoying different locations all over the world.

Months before their fatal fall, Moorthy warned of the danger when it comes to staging risky Instagram shots alongside a photo of her precariously perched on the edge of a ledge.

“A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be fatal?” she wrote in the March post. “Is our life just worth one photo?”

The blogger continued: “When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south from a sky scraper, lets remember to save that in our core memory and not memory dump.”

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