Tancrede Melet, a slackliner, jumper and wingsuiter from France, accidentally fell more than 100ft to his death while getting ready to perform with a hot air balloon.
He was taking part in an artistic project, believed to be tightrope walking between hot air balloons, at the time and fell while being suspended at the basket at arm’s length, according to his colleagues. A man known for his high-risk tightrope walking has died in a stunt that went wrong. More after the cut….
The 32-year-old father-of-one was part of the stuntmen group called the Flying Frenchies, who were also known as the ‘Skyliners’. They are known for their death-defying tightrope walks performed all over the world from mountain peaks to skyscrapers.
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,’
Mr Melet was born in Meurthe-et-Moselle and grew up in Herault, but had discovered the joys of the mountains in the Verdon.
It was over mountains and hills that he performed most of his stunts. According to his profile on the Flying Frenchies website Mr Melet resigned from his engineering job to follow his ‘quest of freedom’ four years ago.
It read: ‘His motto is to try everything, at least once. He likes to think outside the box, and mixes his various skills to create aesthetic results.’
The daredevil’s passion became his full time job and he featured in adverts and videos and took part in live shows and lectures. Tributes flooded in for the adrenaline junkie on the Flying Frenchies Facebook page.
Pascal Cornuez wrote: ‘All my condolences and thoughts to his family and to his family. ‘He did what he loved. He lived his passion. He lived. ‘Farewell my friend and thank you for giving us dreams! Peace to your soul and your heart continues to fly, high above, as always.’
Mr Melet leaves behind his partner, Tiphaine Breillot, and a young daughter.