Police have issued an appeal for information about a skydiving incident last month that left a 21-year-old TikTok influencer dead, but say her death is not being treated as suspicious.
Richmond Hill resident Tania Pardazi Moghaddam died Aug. 27, police said. She was known as Ask Pardazi by friends and on social media.
Emergency crews responded to the area of 10 Sideroad and Line 4 in Innis file Ont., around 5:40 p.m. for reports of a parachute jump.
South Simcoe Police said Pardazi was critically injured after jumping from a plane operated from a local skydiving club. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
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The police state that an investigation is underway.
In a follow-up to their appeal for information on Thursday, a spokesman for South Simcoe Police clarified that the incident “is not considered suspicious.”
“We often issue multiple complaints in investigations as part of due diligence. We can never assume that we will reach everyone we may need to reach with one appeal,” the spokesperson added.
“There has been a lot of discussion around this incident on social media due to Tania’s high profile and we would like to hear directly from people if they have any information that could assist the investigation.”
The spokesman said this is a forensic investigation that the police are assisting with and the coroner will “determine the classification.”
“The owner of the skydiving business is working closely with the police and the coroner and is being very co-operative,” the spokesman added.
Skydive Toronto previously issued a statement saying the victim was a “new addition” to the skydiving community.
“The full parachutist deployed a rapidly rotating main parachute at low altitude without the time/height required for the backup parachute to inflate,” the statement said.
“The jumper was a welcome recent addition to the skydiving community and will be missed by the student’s new friends and fellow Skydive Toronto Inc. The team at Skydive Toronto Inc has been deeply affected by this accident as they have been refining their student training program for over 50 years.”
The company said it was working with South Simcoe Police on their investigation.
Pardazi’s friends said she was a “really adventurous” person who will be missed.
“She was always looking for answers to the smallest and biggest problems in life and she wouldn’t stop until she got them,” Kimia Sepanlou, a close friend, told Global News.
She ran a successful Tiktok account alongside her studies at the University of Toronto, her friends said, and had been called a TikTok influencer.
Police are asking anyone with information or video footage that could help the investigation to contact Det. Const. Dan Raymond at 705-436-2141 ext. 1027 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.
— With files from Isaac Callan
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