If you’ve read The Princess Bride by William Goldman, you may remember the scene where the kidnappers are taking Buttercup up the Cliffs of Insanity and the Man in Black is climbing up after them.
After they reach the top and let the rope go the Sicilian says that when the Man in Black “[...] will be dead long before he hits the water. The fall will do it, not the crash”.
The book states that the Cliffs of Insanity are “at least 1,000 feet” tall. The Man in Black is dangling at 700ft when the Sicilian says he will die from falling.
Would the falling alone kill the Man in Black and if so why would it kill him?