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Massive Rescue Mobilization in Chicago Ends on Sad Note

Posted: Dec. 26th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Nicholas Wieme, comedian
via Facebook

Despite the exhaustive efforts of local rescue workers to remove Nicholas Wieme from a smokestack in Chicago, the 23-year-old perished from injuries. The man had been seeking a photograph opportunity and inadvertently found his way to the precarious ledge. Though rescue workers were quick to arrive and begin their operation, the effort ended in tragedy.

A 23-year-old Minnesotan who moved to Chicago to follow his dream of being a stand-up comic died Thursday after falling down the smokestack of the Intercontinental Hotel.

Nicholas Wieme, originally of Pipestone, Minn., fell 22 feet down the smokestack while on the roof with his girlfriend, attempting to take photographs. He later died after being pulled from the shaft by rescue crews.

Wieme performed at iO Theater, formerly known as ImprovOlympic, one of Chicago's top comedy companies. Relatives said in a statement that Wieme was a family man and talented comedian whose talents “were only topped by fierce love and loyalty to his family and friends."

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