Beware: Taking a selfie could kill you

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Think twice before taking that next selfie. It could kill you.

A new international report says 259 people died taking selfies between 2011 and 2017. More than half of the deaths happened in India, according to the report.

But Russia, the United States and Pakistan filled out the top four.

The leading cause of death was drowning, from people getting hit by waves or falling out of boats while posing.

Other causes include getting hit by moving objects, falling from high places and getting attacked while posing with dangerous animals.

The U.S. leads the world in people who accidentally shot themselves while posing with guns.

Although women take more selfies than men, more men died in selfie-related incidents because they tend to take more risks.

India has created “No Selfie Zones” in dangerous areas.

Researchers say the number of selfie-related deaths are likely much higher because the incidences are underreported.

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