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Girl, aged 12, dies after taking extreme selfie

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A Russian schoolgirl has fallen to her death after climbing over a balcony to take a selfie.

The 12-year-old, known as Oksana B, reportedly took the photo while sitting on a railing on the 17th floor of her apartment building.

She had told her mum she was going for a walk when she went to take the picture.

Oksana sent the photo to her best friend before police believe she lost her balance and fell to the ground.

According to reports, her friend noticed the picture was taken in a risky location and tried to call her.

When she didn't get an answer, she sent the photo to Oksana's mum.

But it was too late. The 12-year-old's body was found by a passer-by who reported it to police. The photo itself, hasn't been published.

In recent years, taking selfies from obscure and dangerous locations has become a social media craze with people all over the world posting their daring photos online.

And after a number of selfie-related deaths in Russia last year, the Russian government launched an advice campaign outlining when not to take them.

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Andry Retrovesky, the 17-year-old Russian who called himself Drewsssick online, died last year after falling from the roof of a nine-storey building.

Oksana's uncle has since posted on social media saying: "She was such a friendly girl. She was a good pupil, she had no problems at school. She took dance classes and English classes.

"She had so much to live for and now she has lost her life to the craze of looking to do extreme selfies for social media.

"There can be no other reason why she climbed over the damned handrail."

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