Man dies attempting handstand on 15th-floor Myrtle Beach Hotel during Hurricane Ian

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Markell Hope, 34, of Akron Ohio fell to his death on September 30th from the 15th floor of the Patricia Grand Hotel, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.

He was attempting to do a handstand on the balcony of the hotel during the middle of Hurricane Ian.

For an idea of how strong the winds were during Hurricane Ian on the oceanfront, MyrtleBeachSC news provides this video taken.

Hope’s fall happened about 3:30 p.m. Friday when Hurricane Ian was hitting that part of the coast at its peak.

Willard said Hope was trying to do a handstand on the balcony when he fell.

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