Nicholas Mevoli in a video, posted in in August. He talked of his love for freediving. On Sunday, Mevoli died after trying to set an American record. YouTube.com hide caption itoggle caption YouTube.com The Two-Way 'Doing What He Loved,' Deep-Sea Diver Dies After Record Bid November 18, 2013 Nicholas Mevoli was chasing an American record for diving without supplemental oxygen or fins. It appears he reached the depth; about 236 feet. But he couldn't say "I am OK" when he reached the surface — part of the required protocol for records — and later died.