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Planking photo fad leads to death of Australian man

Planking, increasingly popular in Australia, involves people lying flat on their stomachs in various and sometimes dangerous settings and then posting photographs on the Internet.

By Associated Press / May 16, 2011

Queensland state police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett told reporters that the dead man, aged in his 20s, fell from a balcony railing in Brisbane Sunday.

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BRISBANE, Australia

Australian police say a man who plunged seven floors to his death from an apartment balcony was participating in the Internet craze of "planking."

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Planking, increasingly popular in Australia, involves people lying flat on their stomachs in various and sometimes dangerous settings and then posting photographs on the Internet.

Queensland state police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett told reporters that the dead man, aged in his 20s, fell from a balcony railing while a friend photographed him before dawn on Sunday in Brisbane city.

The man's name has not been released pending notification of his family. He was previously charged with trespassing over a photograph on the Internet of him planking on the trunk of a police car.

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