‘Life on the edge:’ Family opens up about skydiver killed in freak accident in SC

Updated: Jul. 15, 2019 at 6:19 PM EDT
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CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) - Head up. Eyes focused. Walk to the edge. That’s what Amie Begg did just before base jumping in West Virginia.

That’s also how her family says she lived most every day of her life.

“She had it figured out. She was doing everything in life that we’re hoping to get to and she just did it now. That’s the best part of Amie," said Cody Begg, her brother.

The 33-year-old was many things.

A big time adventurer with documented travels and expeditions on her blog Adventure Amie.

“She would text me every day, ‘Dad I just saw 200 alligators chasing us, dad I just had the militia shooting at us’,” said Bruce Begg, Amie’s father.

“She lived life to the fullest like nobody ever could,” said Lisa Rossomando, Amie’s mother.

She was also a counselor and support for those going through addiction.

“She wouldn’t leave the rehab place, she loved working there and helping others," said Cody Begg.

She counseled from a place of understanding -- she was 13 years sober after overcoming her own addiction.

“The governor asked for her suggestion on the opioid problem in North Carolina,” said Bruce Begg.

“She was really at the peak of her life. Not just enjoying it, exploring it, but focused," said Cody Begg. “I saw her passion get focused over the past 6 months, she was so confident.”

That passion spilled over into skydiving. She just became an instructor

“Flying jumping off a place 16 times per weekend isn’t really my jam but she found a community," said Tori Begg, Amie’s sister.

Amie was with that community on Sunday when she went for a jump -- one of over 800 she had taken.

Her brother said she just became a skydiving teacher and taught a safety class on Saturday.

She tried an advanced landing move and landed hard.

“It just was a freak accident,” said Amie’s mother.

Amie died of blunt force trauma.

“We don’t even know the half of it, we’re trying to piece everything together on all the awesome stuff that she did. I wish I could tell her that I’m still learning about her," said Tori Begg.

The things Amie loved, lives she touched, still being uncovered by her family in her blog videos.

They gathered in her home with WBTV’s Anne Marie Hagerty to watch some of those videos. In nearly every video, Amie can be seen in a similar way.

Head up. Eyes focused.

“That’s how she lived, life on the edge," said Bruce Begg.

Amie’s celebration of life service is tomorrow at 1pm at James Funeral Home in Huntersville.

If you would like to attend the community is invited to honor and celebrate Amie’s life.

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