Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy

Popular travel bloggers Meenakshi Moorthy, left, and Vishnu Viswanath have been identified as the couple who died in a fall from a cliff at Yosemite National Park in California.

Viswanath, 29, and his wife Meenakshi, 30, often warned their readers not to follow their example by posing for scenic photos on cliffs such as the one near where their bodies were found in Taft Point last week.

In a post on the popular @HolidaysAndHappilyEverAfters Instagram blog, Meenakshi warned her readers about the dangers of taking scenic photos on edges without railings because wind speed picks up considerably with height.

“A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry [sic] attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL???” she wrote in the caption of a photo that showed her perched on a cliff.

“Is our life just worth one photo?” she asked.

Meenakshi called herself an “ardent adrenaline junkie” and she and Viswanath took the “wow-worthy photos” posted on their social media pages.

The couple met at school in India and married in 2014. They moved to New York and recently relocated to California.

More than 10 people have lost their lives — some while taking selfies — in the park this year, according to the Associated Press.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I saw this last night. Not that they DESERVED to die…but this is what being adventure seeking sometimes gets you. RIP to them. This wasnt smart at all for anyone.

  • Ms. Jackson

    Is a selfie worth your life? Not mine! I’ll pass. RIP to them and my heart goes out to their loved ones.

  • Coy little wink

    I’m speechless

    RIP

  • imright

    am i supposed to feel bad for them ? i dont

  • Well$$Well$$?

    ???

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_
  • Navybeans95

    Well even tho it was stupid af…they died doing what they loved…we all gotta go eventually…

  • Victorious82

    I’m not going near a cliff. I’m good. I don’t need to see it. Lol

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Dummies!!

  • Mints

    Damn lol

  • Mints

    Damn lol

  • ShelbyMoore

    Y’all getting killed for likes now? This is the most asinine shat ever! I can’t wait for people to start acting normal again and not so narcissistic. Everything doesn’t have to be shared. Everything doesn’t have to be on the internet. Live a real life and stop faking it for IG.

  • cherrypie

    Damn…that was cold. RIP to them

  • cherrypie

    SMH…This could never be me…I’m so afraid of heights. Even the pic ^^^ is giving me the willies. It’s not worth it. RIP to them.

  • Li-Wright

    Oh the irony.

  • MJF

    Mi love the life I live. No way I’m doing this for a pic… no way

  • Applebootay

    They can’t fall and plunge at the same time. Plunge implies suicide attempt for click bait and fall is actually what happened which is very very sad…its sad the irony of the story if you look at that way, they died trying to capture the perfect photo for the “Gram” and the same “Gram” is using it to exploit their death for clicks…….I think we living in the end of times like my grandma use to say.

  • bemetoo

    naw i say murder suicide… somebody push somebody cause he or she wanted a divorce

  • queen of cups

    Damn

  • hottlanta

    When l went hiking in the mountains of Spain they had a sign on a cliff n those mofos taking selfies n laughing. I shook my head n kept it moving.

  • Soda

    Or one slipped and had a natural reaction to grab the other.

  • Soda

    How was the food in Spain?

  • Faithz

    RIP Young Ones, My Goodness there’s
    so many things going on in this World!!

  • bemetoo

    lol yeap

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Thats so crazy. Last year I was able to visit the grand canyon (So beautiful) and they have no barriers up protecting you from falling. When I got back to my hotel room that night the news was advising an young man had fallen over into the canyon trying to take a selfie. IDC how cool the shot could be I value my life!

  • Coy little wink

    I used to be extremely adventurous when younger but nowadays I don’t even want to ride a rollercoaster or a water slide nothing is safe to me….

  • BloodBlood

    Well they fault ????

  • Faithz

    I sure hope nobody pushed them, Just a thought.

  • Faithz

    I have always wondered why they don’t have barriers
    Even driving up is scary to me, We was once following a 18 Wheeler that got stuck driving up that Rocky road to the Canyon.

  • Marlika

    I have no sympathy for stupidity. ???????????????This is just as bad as the idiots go to to Yosemite and other national parks trying to take selfies with wild animals. ??????????????? I sure hope it’s worth it.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Very scary ??

  • Ni Ni

    Welp! They died doing what they loved to do.

  • leapyearpisces

    Girl, my girl twin went to Kings Dominion with her BFF on Sunday. So when she got home she was telling me all the stuff she rode. I went on youtube and looked at the rides, and I wanted to shake her. For the life of me, I don’t know why she is such a daredevil with a LOVE FOR HEIGHTS…before she left, I knew she wasn’t going to keep her feet on the ground, so I rubbed her down in some of my fiery wall of protection oil. oh, the rides she went on included, the drop zone, the anaconda, the racer 75 and a few more. One she went on had all these loop de loops and it lasted for like 2:50 minutes.

  • Faithz

    Ain’t that the Dang truth, So on point.

  • Vonn

    This is sad. They could have taken pictures that weren’t that close to the edge. Or photo shopped themselves in.

  • leapyearpisces

    didn’t a Mexican lady just die like two weeks ago taking a self with a selfie stick? I saw the video. What is going on? I am glad I have NO SOCIAL media. I think it probably becomes addictive.

  • Faithz

    You sure said the truth.

  • Coy little wink

    I worked on a case a woman died on a raft ride…that did it for me.
    Plus the boy who got decapitated on that water slide. I can’t do it anymore…

  • Anonymouse

    I wonder who takes their pictures?

  • Vonn

    Right? They still would have had a good pic if they posed 30 feet closer inland.

  • imright

    better bundle up.

  • leapyearpisces

    Yeah, that decapitation was TRAGIC. I haven’t ever been too much of a daredevil. I have a thing about being in control, and because of the field I work in which is regulatory and quality assurance, I am even more scared because I know that when it comes to these rides and stuff, I am not sure if they have to pass any particular quality standards and if so, how often etc. and all it takes is one person NOT to do their job correctly, all it takes is ONE thing not to be right and you can lose your life, and I know in life we cannot control when we live or die, but I prefer to lower the odds by not putting my life in the hands unless its necessary (like flying) where my life could depend on someone skipping a step in a process because they are rushing etc.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I havent seen anybody die yet from sitting on their couch watching football. So that’s what I’ll do as my hobby. It’s way safer.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Likes and shidt going viral

  • hottlanta

    The food was good n fresh n the variety was off the chain. The shopping was 2 die for. I came back with 5 purses. They were laugjing at me when l told them that over here spanish rice comes in a can.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They probably used a camera with a self-timer set up on a tripod, like in the good old days (1990s and early 2000s).

  • hottlanta

    Remember that crazy azz guy that went into the woods with his friends 2 take a selfie with a bear. Lets just say his friends ran.

  • hottlanta

    They had 2 tell people not 2 get close 2 tbe volcanic lava 2 take a picture. Please l dont like standing too close 2 the oven.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Soooo,yew can no longer stay grounded and take pix. May the both of them R.I.P

  • Dee

    Or they could have jumped ?

  • leapyearpisces

    that’s what I asked a couple of months ago and some folks acted like I was an idiot. I don’t understand how this seemingly regular people on IG have all these pictures of them being taken. They are not selfie pics. They are regular pictures. Like I know regular people can’t go around with a photographer 24 /7.and what really confuses the hell out of me is when a person has picture of them taking a picture of themselves. Like who is taking the picture of you taking a selfie?

  • Vonn

    I am happy to say…I don’t understand that level of stupidity.

  • LYRICS

    I just had this convo with my bf the other day! He wants to visit the Grand Canyon and I said “NO WAY IN HELL SIR! NO!!” The simple fact that it is a natural wonder, I highly believe is the reason why it’s not barricaded or fenced off! Cool for them, but not for me b/c knowing my luck, here would come that “gust of wind” as soon as I bend down to tie my laces!

    SN: I WILL NEVER GIVE UP ROLLER COASTERS THOUGH! As a matter of fact, I can’t wait for this new one opening up summer 2019!

  • Lady_Elle

    RIP.
    Wow… really sad!

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Girl me too my hubby into all that daredevil stuff!! He can keep it but I’ll get on a roller coaster quick af! He won’t even stand in line with me ??

  • MJF

    yup, I agree

  • blue skies

    got the rush of their lives smh

  • Soon2BWife

    OT need help. So me an mr. soon decided to get off social media when we became serious. Prior to and while we were dating we were both on. We posted pics of us on both our pages ect. Then I deactivated my page and he said he never went on but his page was still live. I would pop in from time to time to reach out to family find someone whose number I didn’t have ect. Outta blue recently he changed his profile pic. I asked him about it and he was like yeah I did because I hated the previous pic. So I was like ok no worries but you can post our pics since you went on out the blue or deactivate your account. Totally. It took him a week and he went on and made us his profile then deactivated it. I’m like uh bruh I said either or. He was like I did what you said and I’m not playing into the fake FB relationship goals bs. He was like when did you start caring what people think on fb. My response was when you changed your profile pic and had 200 likes and 50 comments from mostly women ie hey handsome, welcome back, where you been hiding ect. Mind you we have always been transparent with paswords, phones ect which is why I know before me FB was his match.com which is why I am tripping. He said he is sticking by his call because he knows how ignorant people are. I’m like they weren’t ignorant before when we posted pics and if you have been on the up and up what could anybody say? Trust is one of our strong points but this is bothering me to no end. Help?

  • Guest

    How old are you?

  • Soon2BWife

    Am I being petty? Good and grown but I feel like he made it an issue it didn’t have to be. Got off social media for this very reason. He told me I am being ridiculous and he is not putting his most precious relationship out there for random peoples fodder

  • Patricia

    tripod

  • Guest

    Yes, since you’re good and grown, I think you are being petty. It’s all love. Don’t sweat the small stuff, try not to make lil things big. Enjoy being in LOVE and happy. Life is too short, I just lost a beautiful friend last week, she was hit by a car on vacation. She was amazing.

  • Soon2BWife

    I am so sorry to hear that. Bless her heart and yours. Thank you much for this perspective. You are absolutely right.

  • Shamwow

    I could understand why you feel uneasy about this. Which is the reason why I don’t want to overthink justifications to be upset. If you say that trust is one of the strong traits in your relationship, You have to remind yourself to use it. Overthinking will make you feel bad. But grounding yourself in knowing that he meant nothing by it will help you feel better. We can go on and on about other women. In fact thots get turned on by a man loving his children and his woman. Like addicts say about the first high is exactly how thots feel when they steal attention from a loyal man. So to preserve your relationship, find your peace. Wish you well ??

  • Soon2BWife

    Beautifully said. Thanks so much. ?? ?

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    …………..
    What you want us to say to this goulish irony filled story?
    Rip

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Personally i would not date any man who couldnt be honest about his social media activities. And flipping it on me with some fake ass its just facebook comment would have gotten him slapped. Idgaf if some call it insecure and idgaf if he dont like it you either transparent or fawk you. Im sure you gonna ignore this only to regret not letting his ass know or go sooner.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I’m not saying that something is up but just make sure that he didn’t deactivate one account only to activate another. I know one man that is seeing three different women and they don’t know about each other even though he’s on social media. Why is his page deactivated once he is ‘forced’ to post a pic of the two of you?? You got some digging to do because he’s up to something…

  • TransMichelle

    Why are you bothering? Value yourself more and get rid of this nicca. If you stay, this is how your relationship is going to be throughout. Don’t have sex with him because it will only confuse you more. He’s showing you clearly what he is. Accept it and move on. And don’t think sex will keep him he can get that anytime.

  • Soon2BWife

    Nope, listening to all perspectives. I feel exactly like you but am I right to feel this way when he has been super trustworthy and we have never had an issue with unfaithfulness. At this stage in the game I recognize I have to trust him if I say I trust him. Can’t go down every rabbit trail but oh do I want to. It is important also how I handle it.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Well good luck to you

  • Quitedeliteful

    You aren’t being petty but trust your instincts and try not to worry too much because anything that is done in the dark will always come to light. It may be nothing but if you instincts tell you otherwise then check it out….

  • Soon2BWife

    Yeah, we are far beyond that. We have a real solid relationship but I haven’t been able to let this go.

  • Soon2BWife

    ??

  • TransMichelle

    No you don’t have a real solid relationship and you must muster up the courage to let it go. Value yourself more.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    #dyingforviews, smdh…
    #shutallsocialmediadownfor7days.
    Except sandrarose. ?

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Now that’s a good way of looking at it! If you are gonna die an untimely death it might as well be doing something that you love…

  • Quitedeliteful

    I have no sympathy for stupidity
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I was thinking the same thing but I do have empathy for the families of these two idiots because these deaths are senseless and unnecessary…

  • Soon2BWife

    At the end of the day I felt it would be resolved by him posting the pic but has this unearthed deeper issues. I am choosing to make it one because we don’t have any others I guess. Honesty is the best policy and I will drop it totally or just say hey honey I am really struggling with this, help me resolve it.

  • mona q

    I agree. This is such a small issue and it’s just social media. There are far more important things to focus on. I’d suggest to let this go and don’t harp on it. From here on out though…trust but verify.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!! What a dumb-azz!!!!!

  • Coy little wink

    That’s a troll hun

  • TransMichelle

    He’s not going to help you resolve it. Obviously as he took down the picture. He’s not concerned about how you feel and how that affected you. You’re in the relationship he’s not. He’s showing you clearly what he’s about. He’s not trustworthy and he’s not that in to you. Sorry but you’re going to have to accept reality not what you want reality to be. Get rid of him for someone better to come along. He’s taking up space in your life. Stop having sex with him because women get too attached when they have sex. You’re going to continue to suffer if you remain with this individual guaranteed.

  • TransMichelle

    No I’m not a troll. I have my own mind and not led by white liberals like you. I’m not on the plantation. You’re the troll clown. Answer her question if you concerned don’t worry about me. Bye Child

  • Coy little wink

    you had a pic of Michelle Obama as your gravi plus your username implies she is trans I don’t forget trolls sir

  • Soon2BWife

    Lol, thanks Sis?. I was going to keep going kinda like I waste Robo callers time. I got all the perspective I need so gonna delete comment.

    Thanks to my lovely Sister Roses! Knew I’d get some clarity here and Mr. Soon and I will be just fine. I don’t talk to friends or family about this sort of thing because it does no good, he and I will be just fine but everyone else will be side eyeing him still.

  • Coy little wink
  • TransMichelle

    I never had a photo of Michelle Obama for my avatar. Never. Wouldn’t even consider it, And yes my name stands for TransMichelleObama. There’s nothing you can do about it. Plantation nicca.

  • Coy little wink

    Name change duly noted…troll status still in full effect…

  • Coy little wink

    Name change duly noted…troll status still in full effect…

  • TransMichelle
  • TransMichelle
  • TransMichelle

    No you won’t be just fine and you’re setting yourself up for misery. You’re not being realistic. You’re not seeing the relationship for what it is you’re seeing it how you want it to be. You want people to lie to you you don’t want truth. You need better self-esteem. I’m not going to wish you luck in a bad situation. You’ll regret staying. Bye Child

  • Coy little wink

    No I’m a white liberal according to your first comment. How mentally ill you must be to come to this site everyday pretending to be a black person when you are really a mediocre white guy with no social skills who can’t get laid. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dff5c0b84d8174d8c31385abd98ac2257b2e061c239dbf2deb9b2b8521aec98d.gif

  • TransMichelle

    I never called you a white liberal. I wrote you “follow white liberals.” That’s why you a plantation nicca. You’re the troll coming in interrupting a thread making it about me. I would advise you to take the advice of your memee. It appears you are obsessed with me. LOL I’m flattered you find me so interesting. Keep going.

  • Rayne

    She done met Buddha. ?

  • Rayne

    Shuga….(nicely) ??HE’S MOVING ON. All signs are a go!!

  • Renee26

    Well they died happy and together… Blessings to their families

  • Faithz

    It sure is, and what at night Visit, would
    scare you straight as well!

  • TransMichelle

    This is another scary viewing place the Grand Canyon Glass Bottom Skywalk
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1378c3f28ce99ca44deb7874703367905a6719915a1e0c3f65fb5ea242f89cb.jpg

  • Reenaface

    People will do anything for a thrill…. Rip…

  • dontgetblocked

    They knew the dangers. Bye dummies!

  • Music

    RIP. They’re gone with the wind.

  • Logan Roberts

    Somebody in the relationship has to be smart damn.

  • TransMichelle

    This will be another segment of “For My Man” LOL

  • Faithz

    True

  • Faithz

    Yes

  • http://www.instagram.com/yeuphonic @yeuphonic

    You are correct. It was cartoon caricature of MO. It’s in my comments where I called the clown out on it.

  • http://www.instagram.com/yeuphonic @yeuphonic

    You are correct. It was cartoon caricature of MO. It’s in my comments where I called the clown out on it.

  • Coy little wink

    Girrrrl I have a photographic memory he is a liar we are here ?

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Peace be unto their loved ones.

  • TransMichelle

    No you are wrong. My avatar name TransMichelle says enough. Why would I have any type of photo or caricature of that woman as my avatar? However, I’ve posted photos or memees of Odumba’s wife in my posts. There’s a recap photo for you below. That should get your blood boiling. If you can give it out about Melania The Donald’s wife, I can give it out about Odumba’s wife too. If you’re going to play, play fair clown (By the way there are millions of others who agree with me. So it’s best you toughen up)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26e7985af6e62d67132621c3f7354bd4245cfeda2f77d37ada65e16f5d8bfea8.jpg

  • Rayne

    ?

  • Ridingfinest

    They died doin what they loved….

  • Toni Toni Toni

    LOL! This makes me laugh. Good questions though. Sometimes, folks ask others around to take it. Or if they’re traveling with friends or fam, they may take them. And then some of the bammas be making so much money off of their IG and BLOG pages that they can afford a friggin personal Photographer to document their life. And then of course those little tripod thingies! Craziness I tell ya..

  • Coco Mcluvin

    That gives me anxiety just looking at it, smh…

  • millz

    Died doing what they loved… everything comes with a risk… are you willing to die from it?

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    My knees are shaking just looking at this, but I want to go here anyway

  • Sassie

    I SWEAR!!

  • Blue Millionz

    White people… I luh u.
    But., I’m not taking a pic Standing between Life And Death

  • RespectSelf

    wow This was scary to read… just to think of the moment when they realized that they were falling. or the likelihood that one of them fell trying to save the other. My heart goes out to their loved ones.

  • RespectSelf

    What did I miss here?

  • Quitedeliteful

    One of the Roses said that her significant other initially had both of them in his profile pic but changed it to just him. Got a bunch of likes and googly eyes from women. She had him change pic to the two of them, which he does, then shuts down his account. Of course, our Rose is now on high alert but still tryna be cool..

  • RespectSelf

    Thank you! I was wondering why this seem so personal. but it look like the comment was deleted.

  • Trace da Ace

    see,… I dont do heights nor cliffs…..ill pass…

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Ain’t NO WAY I would’ve been that close to the edge.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Nope, especially if I was their age. They hadn’t even hit their peak yet! Now maybe if I was already well into my 60’s or older, then yeah. Still not too old but old enough to where you have seen, done, and experienced a lot in life.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    IMO, they were too young to die “doing what they loved”. They still could’ve had a long life together experiencing other thrills, seeing more of the world, living a long happy life together. But what do I know…

  • NeverSurprised

    I feel no sympathy for those who throw away God’s greatest gift — the gift of life. I blame social media for people acting like damn fools and risking their lives for the narcissistic rush of getting more followers, more likes and more attention..

  • Karen Brady

    Common sense. So many lack it and I find myself saying this almost daily.

  • Soon2BWife

    FYI at Rayne and Trans I just happened to go into Facebook and saw that he did update the profile picture the day I asked him to. He was pulling my leg and got a huge kick out of it. I never went back in and looked until today. I am so happy I dropped it an moved on. You two be blessed. :-)

  • Rayne

    I’m glad. Cause it would’ve rubbed me wrong. Hooray!! Have a glass on me champagne ? ?