Sophia Cheung was a beautiful Instagram influencer who took risky photos in dangerous places. The social media model captivated fans with stunning poses in high-risk locations. The Instagram star, who was also known as Sofia Cheung, had a knack for building a brand, but ultimately plummeted to her death standing too close to a waterfall.

The tragic accident occurred on July 10 when 32-year-old Sophia Cheung and her three friends hiked Ha Pak Lai park early Saturday morning. The fearless influencer decided to take selfies at the edge of a waterfall, which was located at the park’s Pineapple Mountain site.

Sophia slipped and fell while taking a fearless waterfall selfie. The model plummeted into a 16-foot pool below, where she tragically died.
Sophia slipped and fell while taking a fearless waterfall selfie. The model plummeted into a 16-foot pool below, where she tragically died. Photo Credit: Instagram

What is a prime destination for most hikers became Cheung’s last stop when she tripped and fell into the 16-foot pool below. Though emergency services swiftly arrived on the scene, there was not much they could do, and Sophia Cheung was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Cheung’s cause of death has not been revealed yet, but authorities suspect she succumbed to her injuries after plummeting into the water from the intense height.

While Cheung’s attempt to create fresh, engaging content resulted in her untimely passing, the Instagram influencer did produce many photos that outline her adventurous spirit. Sophia Cheung’s Instagram feed showcases the incredible risk the model took to earn her followers.

The dangerous photos seemed to do the job, given the social media influencer garnered more than 6,000 followers since first posting in February, with dedicated fans supporting nearly every new photo. The account she used, @hike.sofi, was only one of multiple accounts the influencer had, which focused on her daring adventures.

Sophia Cheung risked her life to make quality content for her fans. In one photo, she enters a yoga pose on a dangerous ledge with her friend, claiming in her caption that exercise is one of the "happiest things."
Sophia Cheung risked her life to make quality content for her fans. In one photo, she goes into a yoga pose on a dangerous ledge with her friend, claiming in her caption that exercise is one of the “happiest things.” Photo Credit: Instagram

In her Instagram bio, Sophia Cheung declares that she is an explorer who loves hiking, kayaking, outdoor activities, and photography. At the end of the short bio, Cheung wrote a phrase that seemed to inspire her daring lifestyle. “Life should be fun, not dumb,” the model concluded her bio, and her feed definitely shows the fun side of life – if not a little bit risky, too.

Since her tragic death, Sophia Cheung’s Instagram profile has doubled, with more than 13,000 followers as of July 14. Just one day earlier, her account boasted 6,000 fans. With new eyes on her photos, it’s no surprise people started falling in love with this stunner. The model has dozens of pictures showcasing the incredible scenery China has to offer.

Cheung proved she had an adventurous spirit. The daredevil social media influencer went on wild journeys to dangerous locales, producing quality - if not dangerous content for her fans.
Cheung proved she had an adventurous spirit. The daredevil social media influencer went on wild journeys to dangerous locales, producing quality – if not dangerous content for her fans. Photo Credit: Instagram

Though some photos are grounded – with Cheung’s feet safely planted – others demonstrate the no-fear mentality of the Instagram model. Many posts display impressive feats, with Cheung posing near ledges, balancing above vast heights, and smiling ear to ear in locales only true adventurers dare to find.

Who is Sophia Cheung? The Instagram influencer poses high above the world for her 13,000 followers. Photo Credit: Instagram
Who is Sophia Cheung? The Instagram influencer poses high above the world for her 13,000 followers. Photo Credit: Instagram

Many of the places Sophia Cheung visited are truly magnificent, such as a series of rocky mountains nearby a crystal-blue body of water. Another photo captioned “TGIF,” shows Cheung sitting on a rock peering off into the distance where a massive mountain rests. It’s clear that Cheung is very high up, and is placing faith in the fact that the wind won’t blow her off. The photo is stunning, but that isn’t even the most daring post.

Sophia Cheung (Known as Sofia Cheung) used her adventurous nature to score 6,000 followers on her Instagram. The Hong Kong-based social media star has dozens of pictures in dangerous locations.
Sophia Cheung (also known as Sofia Cheung) used her adventurous nature to score 13,000 followers on her Instagram. The Hong Kong-based social media star has dozens of pictures in dangerous locations. Photo Credit: Instagram

In one absolutely wild photo captioned: “if you never try, you never know,” Sophia Cheung is hanging from her fingertips off a rocky ledge. The picture shows the model’s toned body dangling without a harness over what seems like a deadly height. Cheung shows no fear in the dangerous pic, making her as one of the most daring Instagram influencers on the platform.