Video of Chinese Daredevil Falling to Death from Skyscraper Goes Viral
Horrific moment Wu Yongning falls from 62-story building
A shocking video has captured the moment that Chinese daredevil Wu Yongning fell to his death while performing a stunt on the roof of a 62-story skyscraper.
The footage shows the 26-year-old, who called himself "China's First Rooftopper" plummet to his death after losing his grip while hanging from the side of the tall building.
The short clip of him dying has gone viral on social media, with some videos of the horrific death plunge reaching over 15 million views.
Fans of Yongning had already been speculating that something wasn't right with their hero after his hugely popular social media accounts had been inactive since November 8th.
Video of the incident was recorded on a camera phone that he had set up himself to document the stunt after he scaled the building alone, without assistance.
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Yongning had achieved global fame for his stomach-churning feats, in which he scaled some of the world's tallest buildings to take nauseating selfies.
His girlfriend and his family members finally confirmed on Friday that Wu had fallen to his death while recording a stunt atop the 62-story Huayuan International Centre in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province in Central China.
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He was in the process of creating his next viral video and was clinging to the side of the skyscraper when he appeared to lose his grip and fall, with his body said to be discovered by a window cleaner.
The clip being shared online shows Wu lowering 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.
Local authorities investigating the case described it as an “accident” and have already ruled out foul play.
Fans of the fearless stuntman, who regularly gained millions of views on his live-streamed performances, are now flooding his social media page with tributes.
According to the police, they believe Wu fell about 45 feet onto a terrace below and died of fatal injuries during or shortly after the accident.
The rooftopper’s girlfriend, named only as “Jinjin”, said Huayuan International Centre is only open to the public until the 44th floor, after which key cards are required to access the Grand Hyatt hotel.
As security personnel was also present on the hotel’s top floor, she said she believes her boyfriend took a lift to “over 40 floors” and then free-climbed “nearly 20 more floors” to reach the position where he filmed.
She also revealed that Wu had struck a deal with an unnamed sponsor for his next video, which, had it gone viral, would have earned him 100,000 RMB.