Skateboarder and YouTube star Josh Neuman killed in plane crash
American skateboarder and social media influencer Josh Neuman was best known for creating one of the most viewed skateboarding videos on YouTube.
AKUREYRI, Iceland — American skateboarder and social media influencer Josh Neuman was one of four men killed when a tourist plane crashed into a lake in Iceland, authorities in the island nation of Iceland said on Monday. North Atlantic.
Neuman, 22, was on the flight to create commercial content for Belgian fashion brand Suspicious Antwerp with company sponsorship manager Tim Alings, 27; and Nicola Bellavia, a 32-year-old skydiver and social media influencer from Belgium.
The pilot, Haraldur Diego, 49, was considered one of Iceland’s most prominent aviators and a pioneer of photographic tours.
Four bodies believed to be the men were discovered on Sunday in Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s second largest lake through the use of autonomous submarine and sonar technology.
Bad weather prevented divers from recovering the bodies, found at depths of up to 157ft.
“For the safety of divers, we have to wait for the weather to improve,” Police Chief Oddur Arnason told The Associated Press.
The Cessna 172 plane did not send out a distress signal after disappearing from radar on Thursday. More than 1,000 members of Iceland’s search and rescue organization helped hunt down the plane, which was found on Saturday in a part of the lake about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík.
Neuman was best known for creating one of the most-watched skateboarding videos on YouTube, where his channel has nearly 1.2 million subscribers.
According to Neuman’s homepage, he started making videos at age 12 with his father’s video camera and later dropped out of college to pursue a career in extreme sports and film.
In 2020 he posted a sponsored video for Suspicious Antwerp, skating on a longboard on a winding road in Los Angeles.
Suspicious Antwerp spokesman Bram Boriau said the purpose of the theft was to capture images of Iceland’s stunning landscapes.
“Everyone present was extremely passionate about travel and creating content, which is why these themes were the focus of the trip,” he told the AP via email.