Officials thought a skydiver's death was an accident. Then they found the video to his wife.

Trigger warning: this post discusses suicide and may be distressing for some readers.

A 25-year-old woman has been left devastated after her husband took his own life while skydiving earlier this week in the US.

Just before he leapt from a plane at the DeLand skydiving centre in Florida on Tuesday morning, experienced skydiver Vitantonio Capotorto, 27, recorded a video message for his wife Costansa Zitellini, telling her he was “going somewhere wonderful”.

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Costansa and Vitantonio. Source: Facebook.

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Zitellini rushed to the centre to try to stop the jump, but Skydive DeLand manager Mike Johnton said it was "too late."

Local police searched both on-ground and via air before eventually locating Capotorto's body in an open field close to the skydiving centre at DeLand Municipal Airport. Investigators later learned of the video message he sent his wife, before determining the death was not accidental.

Skydive DeLand employee Tara Richard said Capotorto "seemed normal" in the moments before he took to the sky.


"We express our deepest sympathy for his family and his friends," Skydive Deland said in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon.

Prior to his death, Capotorto was a licensed skydiver and had completed over 600 jumps, many of which were documented and shared to his social media accounts.

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Vitantonio Capotorto had completed over 600 jumps in the past. Source: Facebook.

Both Capotorto and Zitellini, who originally hail from Italy, were living in Florida and working for United Parachutes Technologies, a company that makes parachute containers.

Local police are said to be looking at Capotorto's video for further information as to what was going through his mind in those final moments.

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