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Segway company owner dies after scooting off a cliff

The British millionaire businessman who owns the firm Segway was found dead over the weekend at the bottom of a cliff with one of the two-wheeled electric scooters near his body, police said yesterday.

The British millionaire businessman who owns the firm Segway was found dead over the weekend at the bottom of a cliff with one of the two-wheeled electric scooters near his body, police said yesterday.

Jimi Heselden, 62, who bought the U.S.-based firm, and who was also chairman of Hesco Bastion, was discovered in a river near Leeds, northern England, on Sunday.

The incident, described as a freak accident in the media, was not being treated as suspicious. A Segway was found near his body, a police spokeswoman said. “It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that Jimi Heselden has died in a tragic accident near his home in West Yorkshire,” Hesco Bastion said in a statement.

A family spokesman said speculation about the cause of his death had been deeply upsetting.

“There is absolutely nothing to suggest it was anything other than a tragic accident,” he said in a statement.

Invented by Dean Kamen, the self-balancing Segway scooter was made famous by former President George W. Bush when he took one for a spin, only to jump off after losing control.
Heselden, a former miner who left school at the age of 15, became a wealthy businessman, donating millions of pounds to charity. This month, he gave 10 million pounds ($16 million) to a community project that helps disadvantaged areas.

 
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