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Influencer Glacier Bro’s body found months after waterfall accident was caught on camera

In the footage, Wang can be seen losing his balance and falling into icy waters. His friends attempted to rescue him.

Mar 22, 2021, 10:19 am*

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Eilish O'Sullivan

Police believe they found the body of Wang “Glacier Bro” Xiangjun, an influencer who went missing in Tibet after falling into a glacier waterfall on Dec. 20, according to the South China Morning Post.

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The Chinese environmentalist’s fall was reportedly caught on camera. In the footage, Wang can be seen losing his balance and falling into icy waters, according to Heavy. Wang’s friends were reportedly also dragged into the water while trying to rescue the 30-year-old, but they were able to make it out. (They have since reportedly faced online harassment from fans of Wang for not successfully rescuing him.) Rescuers at the time said it was “almost impossible” for him to survive, and Wang was presumed dead.

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“My brother is staying in his favorite waterfall. I hope you won’t go there and make a fuss, please respect the dead,” Wang’s younger brother said back in December while logged into one of Wang’s social media accounts. “He has been obsessed with glaciers all his life, and dedicated his life to it. That’s his best place to be.”

Local police said in a statement on WeChat that it found a body on Sunday.

“After initial investigations, the body seems to be that of missing person Wang Xiangjun. We are in the process of further identifying the body according to legal procedures,” it said.

Wang left factory work to travel across China and document the impacts of climate change on glaciers, according to the Morning Post. He had nearly 6 million fans on his TikTok—known in China as Douyin—and Kuaishou accounts.

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*First Published: Mar 18, 2021, 5:50 pm