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Christopher Ashton Serrano’s vertigo-inducing shots attracted more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.

A popular Instagram urban explorer died Wednesday morning after an apparent stunt went tragically wrong. 

Photographer Christopher Ashton Serrano attracted more than 100,000 followers on Instagram, under the handle @heavy_minds with his stunning photos of city landscapes and vertigo-inducing shots from the tops of skyscrapers. This photo, for example, was taken just four days ago and provides a jaw-dropping view of Times Square: 

It’s lonely up here.

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His whole portfolio was remarkable. 

Above the busiest bridge in the world.

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“New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.”

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Nostalgia.

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Winter in NYC ❄️ #blizzard2016

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Serrano, 25, had reportedly climbed atop the Coney Island-bound F train in Brooklyn, near the Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street station. According to Digital Rev, he may have been clipped by an object the train passed. His body was found at 5:12am.  

Serrano’s brother, Ryan, posted a poignant tribute on Facebook: “I lost my brother today. My first best friend. I’ll never forget our adventures.”

H/T Digital Rev

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