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Famous Bikini Hiker Dies from Hypothermia

Gigi Wu, 36, also known as the “Bikini Hiker” has died following a fall into a valley near Mabolasi Mountain in Nantou County in Taiwan.

Wu became famous for taking photos of herself while hiking and only wearing a bikini. According to Taiwan News, Wu used a satellite phone on January 19 to call for help after she suffered injuries during her fall.

The National Airborne Service Corps said they were unable to locate her using Black Hawk rescue helicopters on three separate occasions due to poor weather.

Wu’s body was eventually found close to where her distress beacon was sent from by the Nantou County Fire Department after they resumed the search on foot.

The Nantou fire service said she had become trapped because of her fall and she is believed to have died of hypothermia.

Wu gained thousands of fans online by sharing pictures of herself on some of Taiwan’s highest peaks wearing a bikini.

She said the idea came about after she lost a bet with a friend and her resulting punishment was to take pictures in a bikini on top of a mountain.

She claims to have completed around 100 hikes and worn at least 97 different bikinis over the past four years, reports the Focus Taiwan News Channel.

According to Apple Daily, Wu entered the mountain range in Yushan National Park on January 11. She was attempting a 25-day solo hike from Nanhua Mountain to Mount Cho-she, according to a Facebook post on December 24.

She claimed that she had spent a total of 127 days throughout 2018 hiking on mountains, reports Apple Daily.

Wu previously shared on image on Facebook of her heavily cut and bruised legs which she said were sustained during another fall.

Social media users have paid tribute to the 36-year-old on her Facebook page following news of her death.

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