Brazilian influencer and dog die in car accident two days before completing ‘dream drive’ from Brazil to Alaska

Mr Koz posted his last Instagram post just four days before his tragic death.

In a tragic incident, a social media influencer and his beloved golden retriever died in a car accident just two days before completing a lifelong dream trip from Brazil to Alaska.

According to the independentJesse Koz of Bazil, 29, and his dog Shurastey died instantly after his 1978 Volkswagen Beetle crashed head-on into a Ford Escape in Oregon, US. The female driver of the Ford, on the other hand, survived the impact and was taken to a hospital with injuries, while a toddler in the back of the vehicle was unharmed.

The media outlet reported that Mr Koz had traveled in his car with his pet through 17 countries since he first embarked on the journey in 2017. The trip, which was to end in Alaska, was delayed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cross-border restrictions that had prevented him from crossing the US-Mexico border.

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The 29-year-old was forced to return to his homeland, but the influencer resumed his journey in January this year, crossing the US in February.

That same month, Mr. Koz even posted a photo of himself with his dog in front of a sunset. In the caption, he wrote: “I told him how important he was to me and that I wouldn’t have gotten this far without his company. He just smiled with his tongue out and didn’t breathe into my face. I just wanted to enjoy a sunset in the company of my friend, I know there are many more to come and as far as it depends on me we will always be together until the sun sets for the last time.”

The Brazilian influencer regularly shared images of his expedition with his 5,89,000 Instagram followers. An official page maker for journaling their road trip also gathered about 1.4 million followers. According to Independent, the page called “Shurastey or Shuraigow?” is a play on his dog’s name and song Should I stay or should I go? by The Clash.

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Mr Koz made his last post just four days before his tragic death. In the post, the 29-year-old was seen in front of San Francisco’s Golden Gate with his beloved dog. Now, following the incident, his social media pages have been awash with tributes from followers. “The last picture… The last post, the last journey! The best journey is happening now,” wrote one user. “He died a hero living his greatest dream,” commented another user.

According to New York PostMr Koz’s family is now in the process of handing over his body to Brazil.

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