Social media influencer and Miss Canada semi-finalist dies after accident during first solo dive

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A 21-year-old Canadian TikTok influencer from Toronto has died after a tragic skydiving accident.

On August 27, Tanya Pardazi was skydiving at Skydive Toronto when she fell to her death.

The paratrooper facility said in a statement via Facebook that “The parachutist released a rapidly rotating main parachute at low altitude without the time/altitude required to inflate the reserve parachute.”

Although he did not name the parachutist, he has since been identified as Pardazi, a philosophy student at the University of Toronto, according to CTV. Pardazi was also a TikTok influencer with over 95,000 followers.

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She had just finished her solo lesson at Skydive Toronto and the fatal fall marked her first time jumping alone, according to CTV.

“She really lived every second to the fullest,” her friend Melody Ozgoli said in the report. “This is the biggest shock for us. It’s very hard to process. It’s been a few days but we still can’t believe it.”

Kimia Sepanlou, another friend, called Pardazi “one of the bravest girls. Whenever we saw her, we knew we were in for an adventure because she didn’t like to let herself or those closest to her get bored. Everyone she met she thought the world of her.”

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Pardazi was also once a semifinalist for a Miss Canada pageant, her friends told CTV.

Skydive Toronto added in its statement, “The jumper was a welcome recent addition to the skydiving community and will be missed by the student’s new friends and partners at Skydive Toronto Inc. The Skydive Toronto Inc team has been deeply affected by this accident as they have perfected the student training program for over 50 years.”

The facility said it is cooperating with the South Simcoe Police Department’s investigation.

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Skydive Toronto did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The South Simcoe Police Service confirmed the incident in a statement released on Sunday.

The University of Toronto Scarborough cheerleading team paid tribute to the late social media star, sharing a photo of her enjoying a vacation in Paris.

“Forever part of our team and in our hearts, Tanya Pardazi was one in a million,” the caption reads.

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Tributes also fell on Pardazi’s Instagram page.

Under a pinned post shared in 2019, a friend wrote: “Rest in peace sweet girl❤️ I’m so grateful to have met you! I’m sorry the world lost such a beautiful soul. You were one of a kind. Fly high🤍,” as added another, “You were truly one of the most genuine and sweet souls I have ever met. Thinking of you T. Rest in Paradise🤍🕊”

Another loved one commented: “My sweet Tanya, how wise you were beyond your years and how much of an impact you had on others. It hurts my heart everyday not to have you around. I love you and think of you always sweet girl! 💔😔”

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