Ashes of Wingsuit Jumper Who Died in Jumping Accident Spread Through Air

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An accident took the life of world-renowned wingsuit BASE jumper Jhonathan Florez in July. The record-breaking athlete died while doing a BASE jump in Switzerland.

Sunday, friends and family gathered to honor the Sacramento resident's life.

"It's almost like he knew he didn't have a long time to be here because he did so much in such a short amount of time," said his widow Kaci Florez.

Twenty wingsuit BASE jumpers flew out of an airplane and released his ashes during the jump.

"I was honored to fulfill this for him," said his friend Todd Davis.

Along with the jump, loved ones wrote messages on balloons and sent them off in the air. A video in memory of Florez played to  a room full of those close to him.

Florez's ashes will be spread in all the elements. His widow said she released some to the earth in Switzerland, some were set off in fireworks Saturday night, Sunday they were spread in the air and next month she'll spread ashes in the ocean.

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