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Old December 24th, 2009, 02:40 PM   #161
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i am a lurker of 3 years and finally decide to join up and post.
i was always in awe of Downfallen's work, some of those pics gave me sweaty palsm just looking at them. in a bizarre way i had a kind of connection to him in that my missus (a lawyer) gave the opinion he had broken no Dubai law in base jumping off the burj. i lived looking at that building and it is unreal in size. a truly inspirational guy and a real shame i never got to buy him a beer.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 03:02 PM   #162
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welcome to the forum Aesir
As a few of you have may noticed, new members with only 1 or 2 posts could have been lurking around the forums and decided to join primarily to pay their respects. It just shows important Downfallen was, not just to registered members, but anyone browsing the forums
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Old December 24th, 2009, 04:37 PM   #163
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RIP mate, not only were you an incredibly interesting and talented guy, but you were a true gent too.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #164
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Still in Xmas eve,I'm full up and yet the dessert is to come,but despite everything I'm still thinking of our mate,Darren,who's gone on monday.Once again it just shows how fragile & precious life is.I can imagine the sadness of his family & friends,it must be a rough time,but I just wanna say that DownFallen will be remembered,we've actually lost our greatest contributor and we're missing him already.His work was fantastic,we'll never hold a candle to him.Now he's in Heaven,and for sure he would want us to carry on chating about architecture...I would have loved to meet him though as he was said to be a real gentleman.RIP Darren,and thank you so much for your unique pics.I dunno when but we'll catch up there dude.
Having said that,merry Xmas to you all.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #165
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Hi everybody. I just wanted to say thanks very much for all of the messages. I have been Darren's partner for the last 4 years or so and will be printing off all of these posts to show to his family.

Thank you very much too for the list of links to his reports. I'd be grateful for any other links so that I can try and (in time) compile something again to show to his parents so that they can see how he spent his time the last 3 years or so.

Many thanks everyone. I'm sure he would have appreciated all of your kind words!
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Old December 26th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #166
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I met you once at Broadgate tower and you too seemed to share so much in common. Of lot of people dont realise its actually you in the foreground of a lot of Darren's pictures....a real tribute of his affection.

I am so sorry for your loss

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Old December 26th, 2009, 07:53 PM   #167
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The world needs more people with a free spirit and the guts to do their own thing - like downfallen.

Respect.

R.I.P.
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Old December 27th, 2009, 12:58 AM   #168
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i'm sorry for all you people who actually spoke with him, especially those who were with him last time, and his family of course. i met him a few years ago on the broadgate tower trip but one of the people i didn't speak to. he took a nice photo of me which was posted but it seems to have been taken down. i may have some of his old photos saved on my computer that i'll try to dig out.
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Old December 27th, 2009, 05:10 PM   #169
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I havent logged into SSC for a good while, but when I read this news when I came for a brief Heron/Shard check I was shocked. I never even so much as sent a PM to Downfallen, but I was always amazed by his bravery and his truly astounding urban photography. He was great because he went further than anybody else dared, and we may never see anyone like him ever again. He was truly unique and truly great.

But we have not just lost a great photographer, SSC London, and indeed Skyscrapercity as a whole has lost a great member of its community, and he will be missed by many here. The contributions to this thread from members who, like myself, never even knew him is testament to his impact on the community.

My condolences go to his family, his partner and all who knew and loved him. Rest in peace Downfallen.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 01:29 AM   #170
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I was in awe of his photographs and daring.
Condolences and thoughts to your family and friends.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 10:12 PM   #171
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Deadly 24 hours in Switzerland: base-jumping, roads, trains
Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) - A man died when his car crashed into a tree in Geneva and another when his car rolled into a field in Valais, another man died while base-jumping in Lauterbrunnen, and a railway worker was run over by a train at the Zurich train station, in a 24-hour period Monday and Tuesday 22 December. The series of unrelated deadly accidents brought to 21 the number of people who have died on Geneva roads in 2009 and to seven the number of people who have killed themselves base-jumping in Lauterbrunnen in 2009.

The Geneva driver was a 57-year-old Russian man, resident in Geneva, driving a gray BMW. He was heading from the Place des Nations shortly after 04:00 on the Route de Ferney when he lost control of his vehicle.

Police say there were no signs of braking or skid marks, nor were there any witnesses to the accident. The car went up a sidewalk, hit a wall, drove into a tree and was flipped on its side. The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown against the passenger door, hitting his head hard.

A 72-year-old driver went off the road and his car rolled 15 metres into a field at 02:30 near Saxon, canton Valais, early Tuesday, killing the man. The cause of the accident is not known.

A 37-year-old British base-jumper died when he slipped as he was taking off from the Mürrenfluh in Lauterbrunnen, canton Bern. Police say his parachute opened, but headed towards the cliff and he slammed into it. The man died of his injuries at the scene, despite rapid emergency services. Lauterbrunnen is a popular destination for base-jumping.
The railway worker was repairing the tracks in Zurich when he was run over by a regional train heading for Chur, at the Zurich train station.

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Old December 30th, 2009, 12:25 AM   #172
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RIP Downfallen.

I just saw this news coming back from holiday and I am still in shock.

We will miss you.

You will remain with us through your memorable photographs and contributions.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 02:47 AM   #173
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Besides Downfallen, are there any other SSC users who have legitimately passed away?
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Old December 30th, 2009, 11:42 AM   #174
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This is shocking. Downfallen's pictures were one of the highlights of this site.
RIP. You will be missed.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 04:24 AM   #175
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I'd actually viewed some of his videos on You Tube without realising who it was, and I have to say that you can't but admire/envy the attitude of people who refuse to live their existence behind the safety of closed doors, wrapped up in cotton wool, waiting for the world to come to them. I'm very confident the world would be a lesser place without their kind.

This quote seems apt:
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It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 12:36 PM   #176
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Goodbye to an inspirational man. Your pictures will always be remembered and enjoyed.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 09:52 AM   #177
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A Tribute to Downfallen has been posted on youtube view it here -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ3_auVZWPA
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 10:13 AM   #178
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God how awful. His exploits were legendary and his pictures incredible. He died young, but at least he died without suffering (as most of us will) a long drawn-out and painful physical decline. He also died doing what he loved, and in one of the most most beautiful valleys on earth, a fitting place for a grand spirit. We'll all miss him....
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 01:11 PM   #179
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Quote:
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A Tribute to Downfallen has been posted on youtube view it here -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ3_auVZWPA
That's actually one of DF's vids. Part 2 of his Best of 2007.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 03:14 PM   #180
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Lurker for several years. Joined to add my condolences to Downfallen's friends and family. His pictures were so amazing, an inspiration. He really lived free, RIP.
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