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http://www.cnn.com/2010/BUSINESS/09/27/uk.segway.death/?hpt=T2

(CNN) -- The owner of the Segway company has died, apparently in an accident involving one of his upright two-wheeled vehicles, police in England said Monday.

The body of James Heselden, 62, was pulled from the River Wharfe in northern England on Sunday, police said.

A Segway-type vehicle was recovered from the river, police said.

The incident is not thought to be suspicious and the coroner has been informed, police added.

The company confirmed "with great sadness" that he had died "in a tragic accident near his home."

It hailed his charitable work, saying that a donation of 10 million British pounds (nearly $16 million) to a local foundation earlier this month raised his lifetime charitable giving to 23 million pounds (over $36 million).

The British veterans' charity Help for Heroes was another beneficiary of his donations, the company statement said.

Heselden made his fortune through his company, Hesco Bastion, which developed the Hesco container used for flood control and as a military fortification.

http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/segway-company-owner-jimi-heselden-dies-driving-segway-off-cliff/19649734

(Sept. 27) -- The British tycoon who owned the Segway company died after accidentally riding a rugged version of the two-wheeled machine off a cliff and into a river, according to published reports.<br style=margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; "><br style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; ">Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe Sunday while checking on the grounds of his estate in northern England, the Telegraph reported. He was riding on a "rugged country version" of the scooter, the paper said.<br style=margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; "><br style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; ">"Police were called at 11:40 a.m. yesterday to reports of a man in the River Wharfe, apparently having fallen from the cliffs above," a spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said today, according to British media reports.<br style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; "><br style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; ">"A Segway-style vehicle was recovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene," the spokesman said. "At this time we do not believe the death to be suspicious."<br style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; ">

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I remember the hype for the segway unveiling, he had told the world his invention would change life as we know it

talk about anti-climactic

it was a cool idea, very clever, but they were banned from many cities due to.......safety issues......

RIP

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I remember the hype for the segway unveiling, he had told the world his invention would change life as we know it

talk about anti-climactic

it was a cool idea, very clever, but they were banned from many cities due to.......safety issues......

RIP

There was one in Forest Hills on Continental between Austin and the Boulevard of Death. Guy would chain it to a tree. Talk about silly looking.

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