Who was Remi Enigma, the daredevil who fell to his death in Hong Kong?
Jun 07, 2023
Last Thursday, the French daredevil known as Remi Enigma fell to his death from the 68th floor of the 721-foot Tregunter Tower in Hong Kong.
Police in the city reportedly found two items on his body: an ID card, and a GoPro camera containing videos of similar extreme climbs the 30-year-old had done around the planet.
Since at least 2015, the Montpellier native – whose real name was Remi Lucidi – had travelled the world, apparently climbing anything that caught his eye without the aid of a safety harness.
Videos posted on social media show him clinging on the back of a moving train in Vienna; swinging from a building’s spire in Kyiv; and shimmying along the cable of the 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon.
Comments on his posts range from the supportive to the bewildered to the angry.
On one Instagram clip, which shows Lucidi dangling by one hand from a rusty pylon, a user has asked: ‘And the reason for that was?’
Lucidi, who used the handle @remnigma, replied: ‘Why not?’
His hair-raising adventures garnered a fair amount of attention online, with more than 3,000 people following his Instagram account around the time of his death.
In the days since, that figure has grown to more than 5,300.
He appears to have been part of a network of similar-minded urban explorers who would occasionally meet up to climb a tower, crane or television mast together.
However, Lucidi’s final climb in Hong Kong – where his social media says he was based – seems to have been done solo.
Details from his ascent up the Tregunter Tower may provide clues as to how he typically managed to illegally access so many skyscrapers in so many cities.
According to the South China Morning Post, where news of his death was first reported, Lucidi had been staying at the Ashoka Hostel in the city’s Chungking Mansions and told people there he was planning a hike in the mountains.
Hostel owner Gurjit Kaur told the newspaper her guest was ‘healthy and fit and happy faced’, and described him as a ‘friendly and humble guy’.
Lucidi is believed to have told a security guard at Tregunter Tower he was visiting a friend on the 40th floor of the building.
He had entered the lift before the guard discovered the person who lived in the flat in question had no idea who he was.
CCTV shows Lucidi leaving the lift on the 49th floor and then taking the stairs.
Security guards later discovered the lock on a door leading to the top floor of the Tregunter Tower had been forced open – but the man was nowhere to be seen.
Police had been called after a terrified domestic helper saw Lucidi knocking on the window of the penthouse suite where she was working.
They did not arrive in time to rescue him, and his body was discovered at ground level.
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In one Instagram post, Lucidi can be seen posing for a selfie with a Bulgarian extreme climber who goes by the name Dakamaru, at the top of an orange and white pylon.
On his outstretched arm, there is a tattoo with Cyrillic writing. Translated from Russian, it reads ‘one life’.
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