Self-photography with a cell/mobile phone ("selfie") can result in accidental death.

Killfie = selfie taken in a potentially life-threatening situation


Most victims are young adults although this may change with time. Males tend to show greater risk-taking behavior.


Cause of death:

(1) fall from height

(2) contact with high-voltage electricity (electrocution)

(3) animal attack

(4) drowning

(5) struck-by injury


The occurrence in front of witnesses or review of the recorded images can help establish an accidental cause of death.


Differential diagnosis:

(1) selfie-recording of suicide

(2) accident due to distraction while non-selfie use of a mobile device

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