A famous Chinese 'rooftopper' has died while attempting a stunt on a 62-storey building

The Star Online/YouTubeWu Yongning performing one of his rooftop stunts.
  • A “rooftopper” has died while attempting a stunt in China.
  • Wu Yongning fell off a 62-storey building.
  • The stunt was reportedly part of a £11,300 ($US15,000) challenge.
  • He had hoped to use the money to marry his girlfriend and pay his mother’s medical expenses.

A “rooftopper” died while attempting a stunt from a 62-storey building in China, his girlfriend has confirmed.

Wu Yongning fell to his death while attempting to dangle off the Huayuan Hua Centre in Changsha, a city in eastern China, without any safety equipment on November 8.

The 26-year-old’s death was kept private until last Friday, when his girlfriend wrote online, according to The Telegraph: “Today is December 8th. It makes me think of November 8th, the day you left us and left this world.”

The fateful stunt had been part of a RMB 100,000 (£11,300/$US15,000) rooftopping challenge, his family said, according to the South China Morning Post. Details about the challenge and its sponsor remain unclear.

Wu’s uncle, Feng Shengliang, said his nephew had planned to use the prize money to marry his girlfriend and to pay his mother’s medical bills, SCMP said.

Wu had amassed more than a million followers on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, where he posted hundreds of clips of himself standing on or dangling off tall buildings without any safety harnesses. His followers reportedly grew concerned after he didn’t post anything for a month.

Wu, who had martial arts training, constantly warned his viewers not to try his stunts, according to the BBC.

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