A 21-year-old TikTok influencer and beauty queen died in a freak accident after opening her parachute too late on her first solo skydiving jump.
Tanya Pardazi, a philosophy student at Toronto University, failed to release her parachute fast enough while completing the jump with Skydive Toronto in Innisfil, Ontario, Canada on Saturday.
She had ‘released a quickly-rotating main parachute at a low altitude without the time or altitude required for the reserve parachute to inflate,’ Skydive Toronto said in a statement.
‘The jumper was a welcomed recent addition to the skydiving community and will be missed amongst the student’s new friends.’
It is unclear why her parachute didn’t work or her why her reserve didn’t deploy. It is also unclear if Pardazi attempted the stunt for a TikTok video. Dailymail.com has reached out to Skydive Toronto for more information.
Pardazi, who reached the semi-finals of the 2017 Miss Canada beauty pageant, was immediately transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Before the skydive, Pardazi had finished a day of ground school before she was qualified to dive alone.
Tanya Pardazi, 21, died on Saturday after failing to open her parachute in a timely manner while completing her first solo dive
Pardazi was eligible to perform a solo dive after she finished her first training course with Skydive Toronto in Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
The Toronto University student ‘released’ her ‘parachute ‘at a low altitude’ without the proper time necessary for it to inflate
Pardazi enjoyed new adventures and skydiving was her newest task. Skydive Toronto said she will be missed
Melody Ozgoli remembered her friend as never having a dull moment.
‘Tanya had an interest in anything that was new and adventurous,’ Ozgoli told CTV News Toronto. ‘Life was too boring for her and she was always trying to do something adventurous. She really lived every second to the fullest.
‘This is the biggest shock to us. It’s very hard to process. It’s been a couple days, but we still don’t believe it.’
Others remembered Pardazi as being ‘brave’ and popular amongst the crowd.
‘Everyone who met her thought the world of her,’ Kimia Sepanlou told CTV News Toronto.
‘Whenever we saw her, we knew we were in for an adventure because she didn’t like letting herself, or the people closest to her, get bored.’
Pardazi’s death is still a shock to her friends who can’t believe she is gone
She attended Toronto University as a philosophy major. She shared many of her thoughts online with nearly 100k of her TikTok followers
Friends of Pardazi remembered her as never having a dull moment. Pardazi refused to be bored and always had an adventure planned, her friends said
Pardazi was famous among her 100k followers on TikTok. She posted a variety of videos rambling about ancient aliens, art history and animal science.
Her last video, posted on August 22, is about Tetris and a puzzle she finished with the help of Adderall.
The influencer’s fans responded to her death in disbelief.
‘Rest in Peace my friend,’ one fan wrote. I’m sorry you were taken from us so soon. I hope afterlife is all that you imagined and more, until we meet again.’
Another added, ‘I literally cannot believe she’s gone. I’ve never met her but she’s a huge inspiration for me.’
Pardazi’s death comes more than a month after a skydiver showcased the last moments before he was killed in an accident in southeastern Brazil.
Andrius Jamaico, 38, died after falling on the roof of a home in the São Paulo city of Boituva on July 19.
Footage obtained by Brazilian network TV Globo showed Jamaico receiving directions from a skydiving instructor, Paulo Mirkai, as the businessman was preparing to jump out of the airplane with other skydivers.
Jamaico jumped out of the aircraft with Mirkai holding on to his arm sleeve and leg and at one point confirmed with the instructor that he was aware of the location of the breakaway handle by touching the lever.
The skydiving instructor, who was a camera mounted on top of his helmet, subsequently releases Jamaico, who appeared to be in control before he suddenly stared to spin around.
The instructor was able to grab Jamaico by the leg but lost his grip.
Jamaico, who was skydiving only for the third time, continued to spin as the instructor deployed his parachute with the ground landing spot quickly approaching.
He fell approximately 6,500 feet from the sky and slammed into the residence’s zinc roof panel before falling to the ground. He was declared dead at the scene.
Andrius Jamaico was only skydiving for the third time ever when he was killed after crashing on top of a home July 19 in São Paulo, Brazil
A still image from video that showed Andrius Jamaico skydiving moments before he appeared to lose control, falling atop a home where he was killed in São Paulo, Brazil, on July 19. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident, but the police chief said the 38-year-old was unable to open the parachute correctly