She was hiking at the Grand Canyon when the saddest of tragedies happened during her trip NY Daily News, @colleenburns/Instagram/Screenshot

It was an awful tragedy.

Yelp Marketing Executive, Colleen Burns, 35, tragically lost her life while hiking in the Grand Canyon on Friday.

According to those there, she stepped off an edge of Ooh Aah Point by accident, near the South Kaibab Trail.

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“She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in, and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon,” said Jessica Roman, who was with Burns at the time told WESH. “That was the longest, strangest, craziest two seconds of my life.”

According to the Grand Canyon National Park Service, rangers found Burns body roughly 400 feet below.

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An investigation is taking place by park service and a medical examiner in the area, according to the station.

Before her death, the Florida resident posted a photo of herself sitting at the Grand Canyon that day which said, “That view tho.”

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That view tho 😍👌🏼

A post shared by Colleen Burns (@colleenburns) on

According to WESH,  Yelp issued a statement regarding her death and said:

We are deeply saddened by the death of Colleen Burns, a cherished Yelp colleague and friend. Colleen launched the Yelp community in Orlando nearly seven years ago. Her passing represents a tremendous loss to our company, the communities she supported and the many friends she made while doing what she loved. We are heartbroken but thankful to have been positively shaped by her passion and joy for life.

Burns also loved DJ Kaskade, so much so, she started a fan group called Kaskade Konnect, WESH reported. Kaskade wrote a beautiful tribute to Burns on his website.

“Now would be a good time to go hug those people you love. Unspeakable sad today. Devastated,” Kaskade wrote Twitter.

Melissa Gotleib is a content editor at Rare.
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