Several Wrestling News World readers have sent word about the death 9-year-old Damori Miles yesterday morning. According to a report by the New York Daily News, Miles died following injuries he sustained after jumping off his Brooklyn apartment roof. Apparently the kid was wearing a homemade parachute imitating Jeff Hardy’s Swanton Dive from the SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 video game.
Friends of Damori Miles are quoted in the New York Daily News saying, "He tried to do a swan dive like Jeff Hardy does in 'SmackDown.' That was his favorite game. He played it all the time." The roof door was open Wednesday morning and according to neighbors, the alarm that should have gone off, was broken. One witness said, "I was sitting inside and I heard a thump. I looked out my window and saw the boy on the ground. He was on his back and his clothes were ripped off."
Robert Zimmerman, a spokesman for WWE, said the video was designed for ages 13 and up and none of the characters use parachutes or jump off buildings. "The death of Damori Miles is a tragedy and our condolences go out to his family," he said. "We should allow the authorities to conduct a full investigation... including insecure roof access, before conclusions are made about this unfortunate incident."
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