Base jumper Alexander Polli dies (2)

Italo-Norwegian crashes into tree at Chamonix

(ANSA) - Aosta, August 22 - Italo-Norwegian base jumper Alexander Polli died after crashing into a tree at an altitude of 1,500m near Chamonix Monday, French media reported. Polli, 31, was a well-known figure in extreme sports and had founded 'Morals Arrivederci', a group of sports people known for the spectacular videos they posted on the Internet. Polli is the second Italian base jumper to die in less than a week. Last Thursday Alto-Adige-born base jumper Uli Emanuele, who became a Web sensation through his death-defying stunts, died in a crash at Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. The 29-year-old, who became an Internet star by flying through a ring of fire and a 'needle hole' formed by a rock, was shooting a video when he died.