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‘Instagram Stars’ Among Six Dead in Phoenix Plane Crash

The identities of three of the six people who died when a small plane crashed onto a Phoenix golf course on Monday have been confirmed and include Instagram stars and entrepreneurs. Anand Patel was “an entrepreneur with lots of energy and lots of charisma,” according to his twin brother, Akash Patel. “My brother was taken away from us doing what he loved to do the most, which was spending time with his friends and flying,” he said, adding that he lived a “celebrity life” as an “Instagram star.” Another passenger, Mariah Coogan, was a horse trainer who left high school in 2012 to pursue modelling opportunities, said Graham Rutherford, principal of her high school in Santa Rosa, California. Also on board was James Pedroza, who worked as a VIP host at a nightclub at the Mirage in Las Vegas. “I am sad that he is gone, but loved how he lived life to the fullest. He was wanting to see the world and travel. He will be missed,” said Pedroza’s friend and colleague Garrett Pattiani.

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