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Tori Kelly died when she fell out of a second-story window while trying to take a picture of herself

"We can confirm she fell from the window," said the coroner involved with the case, reports the London Evening Standard. 

A hearing is scheduled to take place on Jan. 24. 

Exactly when she died has not been specified, but the Daily Mail reports that her family came to claim the body during the week of Nov. 12.  

The Daily Mail was able to cobble together biographical information on Toni based on her many Instagram selfies, which documented her daily life and travels.

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Tori, who was from Northland, New Zealand, had been traveling around the world. She died in London, where she was studying.

One of her social media images reveals her dark eyebrows as she stares blankly into the lens of the camera.

A picture dated Jan. 27 shows her posing with her sister, Stacey Kelly. 

Toni's blue eyes, blond hair and designer baseball cap were on display in a July 3 selfie. A snap uploaded on Aug. 23 finds her at Carpinteria State Beach in California, standing beside a van and rocking a glowing tan.

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A Givealittle fundraising page has been set up by friends and family to help pay for Toni's final expenses, as mentioned by sister Stacey on Facebook. 

"I just wanna say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the endless support so far," Stacey wrote. "Also a huge thank you to the girls who thought of & created this beautiful page for our baby girl. We are completely lost for words & can't wait to be home."

One of Toni's best friends, Paige Hourigan, described her to Daily Mail Australia as "the girl who was always smiling." She added: "When we were young Toni was one of those people that never had anything bad to say about anyone, she was super girly, laid back and fun which I loved. I remember just laughing and giggling with her all the time about nothing. She was a beautiful girl that will definitely always be remembered -- especially for that smile."

There has been a rise in selfie deaths over the past few years, reports the BBC.

A team of researchers in the U.S., led by Ph.D student Hemank Lamba at Carnegie Mellon University,  found that 15 selfie-takers died in 2014, 39 in 2015, and 73 died in the first eight months of 2016.

Of those 127 deaths, 76 occurred in India, nine in Pakistan, eight in the U.S. and six in Russia.

Many of the victims fell to their deaths, the researchers note, while attempting to take a picture from a high structure like a cliff or a building, in an attempt to get views on social media. 

In the U.S. and Russia, the majority of selfie deaths were attributed to weapons, which the researchers believe is most likely due to gun laws in the two countries.

Lamba and his team intend to develop an app that will warn selfie-takers when their lives are in danger.

Sources: Daily Mail, London Evening StandardBBC / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Instagram via Daily Mail

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