Zak Stone was staying with his family at a home in Austin rented through Airbnb when tragedy struck: His father got on a tree swing in the yard and the branch broke — killing him.

Stone tells of the incident, which happened two years ago, in a long post on Matter.

The rope swing looked inviting. Photos of it on Airbnb brought my family to the cottage in Texas. Hanging from a tree as casually as baggy jeans, the swing was the essence of leisure, of Southern hospitality, of escape. When my father decided to give it a try on Thanksgiving morning, the trunk it was tied to broke in half and fell on his head, immediately ending most of his brain activity. Read more…

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Man tells devastating story of his dad’s death at an Airbnb