Chinese daredevil films his own death

Lawrence Kim
December 15, 2017

A Chinese daredevil, famous for his heart-stopping rooftop climbs, died after falling from a 62-storey building during one of his high-rise stunts, a video going viral on the internet shows.

Citing Wu's step-uncle Feng Shengliang, The South China Morning Post reports that the 26-year-old was about to propose. Local media says that Yongning was seeking to help lift his family out of poverty, pay for his mother's medical costs, and fund his own wedding.

Was his death captured on video?

The video capturing his final moments racked up more than 15 million views on Chinese social media.

More than 300 videos of him tip-toeing on scaffolding or doing pull-ups as he hung from the side of huge buildings were widely shared by his fans. The incident came to light after his body was found by a window cleaner onto a terrace below.

State media outlet People's Daily called for stronger supervision of livestreaming apps.

"Some of them try to hype things up with obscene and unsafe things, and their objective is to attract more eyeballs and make a profit", the official China Daily said in a commentary.

When did he fall from the Huyuan International Centre?

Fans became concerned when Mr Wu abruptly stopped posting in November, and his girlfriend later confirmed that he had died after falling during an attempted stunt. He died on November 8.

Rooftopping is a practice of accessing rooftops for the thrill of it - and sometimes to take dizzying skyline photography, demonstrated by Yongning in his stunning shots.

Rooftopping is usually carried in cities, and often filmed or photographed and shared by those undertaking the stunts.

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