Colleen Burns, a 35-year-old Yelp marketing executive, lost her balance and died after politely moving out of the way for another tourist to enjoy the Grand Canyon.
Jessica Roman, who was with Burns at the historic site, told WESH-TV, “She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in, and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon."
The exact same day that she passed away, the Yelp executive posted a photo of herself enjoying the beautiful sites at the Grand Canyon, the New York Daily News reported.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Colleen Burns, a cherished Yelp colleague and friend. Colleen launched the Yelp community in Orlando nearly seven years ago. Her passing represents a tremendous loss to our company, the communities she supported and the many friends she made while doing what she loved. We are heartbroken but thankful to have been positively shaped by her passion and joy for life,” Yelp said in a statement after news broke of Burns’ death.
Her death is currently being investigated by The National Park Service and the Coconino County medical examiner.
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