Karl Wallenda was a German born daredevil and the founder of an internationally renowned circus act group The Flying Wallendas. He performed many stunts involving tightrope walking, even broke a world skywalk distance record at Kings Island, but the stunt at the ten-storey Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico which he performed at age 73, was his last.
Karl Wallenda was almost half way across when a wind exceeding 30 miles per hour made the high wire sway. Karl tried to sit on the wire but slipped and fell to his death. The stunt and the deadly fall were videotaped by San Juan’s WAPA-TV.
Tightrope walking was Karl Wallenda’s life. He dedicated his entire existence to dangerous stunts and died performing one. One could say this was the most appropriate way to die for a man like him. Video of Karl’s last tightrope walking and the fall to his death is below: