NC Photog Dies After Falling Down Airshaft

January 17, 2010 lead


27 year old, John Billingsley, a Photojournalist at News 13 (WLOS) in Ashville, NC, “died early this morning [1/17/2010] in Charlotte [,NC] after he fell into an air shaft at the Omni Hotel where he was a guest,” according to his station’s website.

There are not a lot of details – even in this story from Charlotte, NC’s WBTV, but it appears Billingsley was a guest in the hotel, and wasn’t working at the time.

Check out the FORUM for more information.

UPDATE: Here is a tribute to John produced by the staff at WLOS. Very nicely done…

John Billingsley Photog! from Leighton Grant on Vimeo.


  1. John was a great daily turn photog! Awesome guy who will be missed

  2. I will post this to B-roll Kev I promise!

  3. Man that’s a real shame… young guy too…

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