Photographer dies in hotel accident


WLOS-TV (ABC) Asheville, NC reports that one of its photojournalists, John Billingsley, died Sunday after falling down an airshaft at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Billingsley was a guest at the hotel and, along with some friends, sought to reach the hotel roof to toast the sunrise. Billingsley apparently fell down the airshaft while trying to find a way to access the roof. He was 27.