Skip to comments.Fledgling actor dies after fall down chimney of Michigan Avenue hotel
Posted on 12/14/2012 2:49:35 AM PST by lowbridge
Nicholas Wieme loved making short films when he was growing up in a small town in Minnesota, a theatrical passion that would lead him to Chicago.
On Wednesday evening, the 23-year-old climbed onto the roof of the InterContinental Chicago hotel, with its famed onion-shaped dome, to take photographs when the night went terribly wrong.
Wieme fell into a smokestack and became wedged, beginning an elaborate, hourslong rescue attempt by firefighters that ultimately proved futile.
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Sad. Part of me wonders if there was some type of prank involved. A guy named Nick in a chimney etc
Another Darwin Award winner—
Bet this dumbo’s family sue the InterContinental hotel.
Oh my gosh. How horrible. Prayers for his family.
All entries to roofs are typically locked. So he had to know some employee in the hotel who had access to the keys. There’s more to the story.
Poor guy. RIP.
Even if it were inadvertently left open, it still was a restricted area. Wonder if the autopsy will reveal he had been drinking (too much). To take deliberate and unnecessary risks is not funny even though he was a comedian. How horrible for those he left behind. For one that has succeeded as he did, he might have thought nothing bad could happen to him.
Actors often project a lack of good sense.
Sad and unfortunate, but this sounds like yet another “hold my beer” moment gone bad. He falls down the stack, then endangers rescue personnel who tried to pull his sorry self out.
The moral of this story is.. if you want rooftop pics,buy postcards.
Darwin material. You can’t prevent stupidity.
Tragic. But Jamie Minor take the prize for bizarre hvac deaths.
Alcohol gives one a false sense of bravado. Safe to say he had a “few” cocktails beforehand.
Too bad he died but my guess it was due to his own stupidity or alcohol, more than likely both.
What really bugs me is that some unfortunate fireman had to risk HIS life in an attempt to save the victim. The “hero’s” (Firemen, Mountain Rescue people and others) have to risk their lives because, as others have noted, the Darwin candidate(s) screwed up and got themselves into a pickle they counld not get out of on their own.
Kid I went to grade school with years ago became a teen delinquent and tried to break into a closed school. He fell down a chimney and apparently died on impact. He became a Milk Carton missing kid, until several years later when they demolished the school and discovered his remains.
He was identified by his Led Zeppelin belt buckle. However, despite the best efforts of the Coroner, his family refused to claim his remains. His mother had apparently seen a psychic who convinced her that her son had run away and was married and living in Texas with his own family.
After months of trying to convince her to claim the body they were just going to cremate him and bury him in Potters Field. Some minister on the other side of town saw this in the papers, took the body and buried him in a grave on his church’s property.
Guess he shouldnt have done his own stunts.