CHANGSHA, China — A skyscraper-scaling daredevil whose stunts became viral sensations in China, has plummeted to his death after losing his grip atop a 62-story building.
Wu Yongning, 26, fell to his death on Nov. 8 while engaged in “rooftopping,” atop the tallest building in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. He performed the particular stunt for a shot at a $15,000 prize, his family told the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald.
“He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge],” his uncle Feng Shengliang said. “He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother.”
Authorities only discovered what had happened after Wu’s girlfriend called police the following day after he failed to return home. His fans later grew worried after he failed to post a new video for over a month.
Wu had amassed over a million followers on Chinese social media for his videotaped stunts in which he dangled from the tops of towering buildings without any safety equipment.
Rooftopping videos have become popular all over the world, with daredevils trying to outdo each other for the the most death-defying stunts.