Indian couple who fell to death at Yosemite were drunk, reports say

Vishnu Viswanath and his wife Meenakshi at Yosemite National Park before their fatal fall.

The Indian couple who fell off to their death at Taft Point in Yosemite Valley in California last October was drunk, news reports say, citing an autopsy released Jan. 18. Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and his wife Meenakshi “Minaxi” Moorthy, 30, were killed Oct. 25 after falling more than 800 feet from a scenic overlook at Yosemite National Park.

According to the Mercury News, the autopsy investigations, completed Jan. 4 by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, concluded that both Viswanath and Moorthy died “of multiple injuries to the head, neck, chest and abdomen, sustained by a fall from a mountain.”

Lab tests found no drugs present in their bodies, the report said. Both software engineers, Viswanath and Moorthy were married since 2014 and were living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. They ran the Instagram account @holidaysandhappilyeverafters, which, according to Buzzfeed News, had accrued 25,000 followers.

Their blog and their Facebook pages indicate that the two loved to travel. Photos of the two — with Moorthy’s bright pink hair — are all over their blog and social media accounts. According to Moorthy’s Facebook page, she worked at Capegemini (IGATE).

The couple had recently moved from New York, and according to Viswanath’s LinkedIn page, he was working as a systems engineer with Cisco in San Jose. A self-described daredevil, Moorthy had previously posted a photo of herself sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon.

“A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL???” Moorthy wrote. “Is our life just worth one photo? When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south from a skyscraper, let’s remember to save that in our core memory.”

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