Founder Of Gay Dating Site Falls 23 Floors To His Death From A Hotel In South Africa
The millionaire co-founder of Gaydar, the world’s biggest online gay dating site, has plunged 23 floors to his death from a balcony a decade after his partner died the same way.
South African Henry Badenhorst crashed through a glass canopy and landed on a waiting limousine after falling from an exclusive serviced apartment in Michelangelo Towers hotel, Johannesburg.
It comes ten years after the 51-year-old business and life partner Gary Frisch died in a fall from the balcony of a building in south London.
Police said they are not treating the fall as suspicious, and friends have told Buzzfeed that Mr Badenorst was suffering from depression.
Eyewitness Khuthali Zondo was walking past the luxury Michelangelo Towers when she saw the ‘horrific image’ of the 51 year old’s body smashing onto the back window of a car as the chauffeur sat at the wheel.
She told MailOnline:
‘I heard this loud crashing sound, it was his body hitting the glass shade above the area where the cars were waiting and then the body hit the car, smashing the back window.
‘It was an horrific image, there was broken glass, blood, and the body was smashed. The emergency services and police came and taped off the area, but there was nothing they could do for the guy.’
The entrepreneur was thought to be still mourning the loss of Mr Frisch,(pictured) who was killed in 2007 after falling from an eighth-floor balcony following a night of taking party drug ketamine.
Police have searched the apartment he had rented for just one night for any clues to the fall, on Saturday morning.
The pair, who split up shortly before 38-year-old Mr Frisch’s death at his flat in Battersea, London, had made millions by creating the Gaydar dating website in 1999.
Mr Frisch left an estate worth £6.5million to Mr Badenhorst who described the death of his lover and business partner as ‘the worst day of my life’.
Mr Badenhorst checked into the exclusive tower block on Friday ‘for one night only’, according to a source at the Michelangelo, which is known for its discretion and discerning clientele, including Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga.