A famous Chinese stuntman has died after a stunt gone wrong.
Wu Yongning, aged 26, fell to his death while performing a pull-up stunt atop the Huayuan International Centre in Changsha, in central China. The stunt, which involves dangling over the side of the building while performing pull-ups, was one that Wu performed dozens of times before, but it appears this time something went horribly wrong.
The moment Wu lost his grip was captured on a camera he placed prior to the stunt. It was recovered after his death and uploaded to the internet, where it has already been viewed by millions.
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It’s not clear what exactly caused Wu to fall. You can see it is clearly a windy day, but Wu seems unphased as he propels himself over the ledge for the stunt. After a few pull-ups, something seems to be amiss as he tries to pull himself back to safety but fails. He then tries using his legs for leverage, desperately trying to haul himself back over the ledge.
Ultimately he loses his grip and plunges 62 stories to his death.
“Rooftopping” - climbing tall buildings to take selfies without any safety equipment - is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Wu had already gained thousands of followers on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, as well as millions of views for his videos on the website Volcano.
News of Wu’s death was kept secret by his family for weeks and was only brought to light after his followers began to notice that he hadn’t updated in some time. The family then confirmed Wu had died on Nov. 8, 2017.
Wu’s girlfriend Jin Jin was heartbroken at the news, saying he was mere days away from asking her parents for permission to marry her. Wu’s step-uncle told South China Morning Post that Wu planned to propose after he received 100,000 yuan (about $15,000) for the stunt, explaining it was part of a contest.
"He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother,” he said.
Wu's many fans around the world paid tribute to the late rooftopper on Reddit and social media.