Tanya Pardazi, 21, who went through the philosatea handle on TikTok, had more than 95,000 followers and two million likes on the app.
Skydive Toronto said a skydiving student died on August 27 after “succumbing to life-threatening injuries resulting from an emergency situation”. The company has not identified the student, but Melody Ozgoli, a friend of Pardazi for about a decade, told CNN by phone Saturday that Pardazi was the deceased student.
“The jumper has been a welcome recent addition to the skydiving community and will be missed by the student’s new friends and fellow jumpers at Skydive Toronto Inc,” the statement read. “The Skydive Toronto Inc team has been deeply affected by this accident as it has refined its student training program for over 50 years.”
Ozgoli described her as outgoing, adventurous, open-minded, always there for others, and intelligent.
“She was definitely known for her beauty, but what she was most known for was her amazing mind. That’s the one thing every person I spoke to mentioned, how brilliant she was, how she was smart, how many things she knew,” Ozgoli, 20, said.
Pardazi was known for “taking up new hobbies”, according to Ozgoli, who called her friend a “gift to the world”.
Ozgoli said Pardazi’s funeral, held on Friday, was well attended.
“At the ceremony, we all wore white because she was an angel,” Ozgoli said. “I think it was a unique thing to do, and that’s what Tanya was, she was unique, she was different. She was one of a kind, really.”