Jimi Heselden, owner of the Segway scooter company is dead after falling off a ledge near his mansion in West Yorkshire, plunging into the River Wharf. Heselded was pronounced dead at the scene and a Segway was found in the river a few feet away.
Heselden, a self-made millionaire purchased the Segway company last year after making a fortune from his engineering company Hesco Bastion. He was listed as one of the UK’s 400 richest people and was known for his charity and generous giving. At the time of death his estimated net worth was around $265 million.
In a statement to the press, Hesco Bastion confirmed his death.
“It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that Jimi Heselden OBE, has died in a tragic accident near his home in West Yorkshire. Jimi is perhaps best known for his charity work with Help for Heroes and the Leeds Community Foundation. A £10m gift to the foundation earlier this month saw his lifetime charitable donations top £23m”.
The Segway was created by Dean Kamen and hit the market in 2001. The transportation devices are used in a number of countries by security and police departments as well as in warehouses, military bases and college campuses. Kamen envisioned that the device would be used commonly on sidewalks and streets but the popularity has yet to reach that level.