Fitness influencer, 23, falls to his death into a ravine while exploring Italian ghost town with his friends

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  • Giorgi ‘Tzane’ Janelidze’s death was confirmed by his friend on Thursday
  • The content creator had over 103,000  followers on Instagram
  •  His dad is travelling to Calabria to identify the body, according to local reports

A fitness influencer has died after falling into a ravine while he filmed a video of him and his pals exploring an abandoned ghost town in Italy.

TikTok star Giorgi ‘Tzane’ Janelidze, 23, tragically died on Wednesday in Roghudi Vecchio, Calabria.

The content creator’s death was confirmed by his friend and fellow influencer Chris Kogias, who had been with him on the ill-fated trip.

‘Tzane is no longer with us,’ the devastated internet personality said on Thursday, according to Greek media.

‘He left us yesterday afternoon during the trip we made to Italy. Please pray with us for his soul to rest in peace.’

Giorgi 'Tzane' Janelidze, 23, tragically died on Wednesday after plummeting into a ravine while exploring an abandoned village in Italy

Giorgi ‘Tzane’ Janelidze, 23, tragically died on Wednesday after plummeting into a ravine while exploring an abandoned village in Italy

The ravine was so deep that firefighters struggled to reach his body. A helicopter was called in to transfer the body to the authorities

The ravine was so deep that firefighters struggled to reach his body. A helicopter was called in to transfer the body to the authorities

The accident took place while Janelidze and his two friends were shooting a video for the star’s social media.

The trio were exploring an ancient mountain village that had been abandoned in the 1970s following a severe flood.

As the group stood on a balcony with no railings, the tattooed influencer suddenly slipped and fell into a deep and rocky ravine.

Fire brigade teams from the Melito Porto Salvo detachment and the SAF unit dashed to the scene but it was too late.

Firefighters struggled to climb the steep slope and were forced to call in a helicopter from the Lamezia Terme del Corpo flight department with a secured stretcher to recover the body, local media reported.

Janelidze’s body was transferred by air to the coastal town of Saline Joniche, and left in the hands of the local authorities.

Further details on why the fitness influencer – who boasted over 103,000 followers on Instagram – risked stepping onto the unprotected balcony remain unknown.

The fitness influencer had been filming a video for his social media, alongside two pals, when the tragedy took place. His friend confirmed his death to Greek media on Thursday.

The fitness influencer had been filming a video for his social media, alongside two pals, when the tragedy took place. His friend confirmed his death to Greek media on Thursday.

The trio were exploring an ancient mountain village that had been abandoned in the 1970s following a severe flood

The trio were exploring an ancient mountain village that had been abandoned in the 1970s following a severe flood

Janelidze, who was born in Georgia but lived in Greece, was known as one of the ‘best fitness influencers on Greek TikTok’ and in recent months had set up a business with his pal known as ‘Dream Greek’.

The duo sold T-shirts and protein powder online and would regulary post workout and travel snaps.

Janelidze’s friends and family were left devastated by his loss.

‘The most beautiful person inside and out, the biggest adventure I’ve ever had with someone,’ Janelidze’s girlfriend Elena Margariti wrote in an Instagram story. 

‘With my man, my whole life.’

She continued, ‘Many dreams, a home together, through our difficulties, through our joys, and we made it, us against all odds. So unfairly, so early. I love you so much. We will meet again. My Tzitsi.’

According to the Greek Reporter, the social media star’s father is travelling to Calabria to identify the body and bring his deceased son back home to Greece.

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