George John Fiorini, Ludlow, Ky. resident, dies while cliff jumping at Lake Cumberland

SOMERSET, Ky. -- A man known for his passion to help others, and life is being mourned this week.

George John Fiorini, 42, who recently moved to Ludlow, Ky. died Sunday evening while doing a backflip off of a 50-to-60 foot high cliff.

According to reports, Fiorini landed on his back before sinking into the popular south-central Kentucky recreational lake.

"He had done that jump probably 100 times before," said Donna Cooper, who knew Fiorini through the office space in Florence, Ky. where she works and he managed. "He was a great dad he would talk about his girls and how they were growing and talk about my kids. He loved to boat. He loved spending time with his friends. He adored his friends."

Rescue crews were called to Lake Cumberland at about 5 p.m. and scoured the lake bottom for two hours before Fiorini's body was found.

Cooper said Fiorini made sure every office request she made was taken care of, and often he'd do the work with a smile.

"He always brought a smile, always brought whatever it is that you needed, and whatever he did on his own time to keep himself busy was what he loved to do," she said.

Fiorini was originally from Cincinnati. His body was sent to nearby Frankfort, Ky. so the coroner there could perform an autopsy.


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