Chinese rooftopping star dead after fall from 62-storey building

Breaking News December 12, 2017 14:44

By The Straits Times
Asia News Network

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Hong Kong - A 26-year-old Chinese roof -topping daredevil has fallen to his death from a 62-storey building in Changsha, the capital of China's Hunan province.



Police said Wu Yongning fell to his death from the Huayuan Centre, the tallest building in Changsha, on Nov 8.

The South China Morning Post reported on Monday (Dec 11) that Wu had stopped posting videos abruptly on microblogging site Weibo for more than a month.

Wu's family told the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald on Saturday (Dec 9) that he had taken part in a "rooftopping challenge" that promised 100,000 yuan (RM61,527) in prize money.

"He planned to propose to his girlfriend (the day after the challenge)," said Feng. "He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother."

Wu, who was from Ningxiang in Hunan province, worked as a film extra before he turned to a career in rooftopping.

Wu attempting a stunt atop a skyscraper. PHOTO: WEIBO. 

Wu was regularly featured in social media advertisements and live-streaming platforms. PHOTO: WEIBO. 

In February this year, he started posting about his exploits on Weibo, amassing over a million followers. He regularly featured in social media advertisements and live-streaming platforms.

Wu relied only on "martial arts training and careful planning", according to one of his posts on Weibo. PHOTO: WEIBO. 

The Beijing News had reported that Wu's girlfriend called the police on Nov 9, after he failed to return. The South Morning Post reported that Wu was known for attempting his daredevil feats without any safety equipment.

The rooftopping daredevil had stopped posting videos abruptly on microblogging site Weibo for more than a month. PHOTO: WEIBO.

He relied only on "martial arts training and careful planning", according to one of his posts on Weibo. He had shared nearly 300 videos of his adventures atop various buildings in China.

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