AGRA, India – A 66-year-old Japanese tourist succumbed to serious head injuries after he fell from the staircase while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal’s Royal Gate.
Taj Ganj police station officials rushed him to the nearby private nursing home where doctors declared him dead, police said.
The tourist, identified as H Ueda, received injuries on his head, while his friend fractured his leg, after both fell from the staircase, police said.
They visited the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri before reaching the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal, a 17th Century mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan after his wife’s death, attracts about 12,000 visitors a day.
Tourist police officials said they had informed the Japanese embassy in New Delhi about the incident, and an inquiry was set in motion to investigate the real cause of his death.
There have been several deaths linked to selfies in recent years.