A 26-year-old daredevil, who called himself “China’s First Rooftopper” plummeted to his death while performing a risky stunt off the roof of a skyscraper.
Wu Yongning who had thousands of followers on social media platform Weibo for his adventures including rooftopping and scaling tall buildings without protective gear or safety harnesses, plunged to his death from the Huayuan International Centre in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in central China, on November 8, AsiaWire reported.
A month later, his girlfriend and his family members confirmed that Wu had fallen to his death while recording a stunt atop the 62-storey skyscraper.
The viral video footage, which has over 15 million on Chinese social media, shows Wu at the top of the building, preparing for the stunt. He then swings both legs off the building and practices hanging off the edge with his elbows still bent. After about five seconds, he climbs back up and readies for another try.
On his second attempt, Wu lowers himself over the edge of the building to do his iconic pull-ups, but he struggles to hoist himself back up and eventually falls out of view of the camera phone he had set up to record his stunt.
His body is said to be discovered by a window cleaner.
Local authorities investigating the case described it as an “accident” and have already ruled out foul play.
Wu would have received 100,000 yuan, about $15,000, for the stunt, his family told the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald. However, the details of the sponsor of the prize money is unclear.
“He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge],” Wu’s step uncle Feng Shengliang told the South China Morning Post.
“He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother.”
Rooftopper Charlie_7U shared a photo taken with Mr Yongning and said on social media: “He went a bit over the top, always trying things that are beyond his ability.
“I have even saved him once… we stopped playing together.”