Roger Stotesbury, a 58-year-old British tourist has died after falling 30ft from an Indian temple while he was reportedly taking a selfie.
According to a report by Metro UK, Roger Stotesbury is thought to have been on a year-long round the world ‘gap year’ with his wife Hilary when the tragedy happened.
Local sources said he was standing on the edge of a terrace at Lakshmi Temple, in Orchha in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to get a selfie photo.
Onlookers said he ‘suddenly slipped and fell from a height of 30ft’ to the ground, at 4pm on Saturday. Video footage and photographs captured soon after show him being stretchered away from the steps outside the 17th century temple.
A woman believed to be his wife Hilary, 59, can be seen walking alongside her husband, who appears to be conscious.
The couple, understood to be from Buckingham, are thought to have embarked on their round the world trip in November 2016, and were due to return soon. Speaking yesterday, city police inspector DD Azad said: ‘British tourist Roger James had come to visit Orchha with his wife Hilary.
‘Yesterday afternoon, they went to visit the Lakshmi temple. It was then he fell off the balcony while trying to take a selfie.
‘The man got seriously injured in the fall and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
‘But he died during the course of treatment. We have started the legal proceedings in the case.’
It is understood Roger worked as a documentary filmmaker before embarking on the trip with his wife.
Locals said he fell from a terrace above the front steps and entrance.
He was taken to Ramraja Hospital for further treatment but passed away soon after.
A UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: ‘We are providing assistance to the family of a British man following his tragic death in India on the 13th of October.
‘Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.’