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Daredevil Falls From Skyscraper After Social Media Stunt Tragically Backfires
By Izza Sofia, 13 Dec 2017
A Chinese “rooftopper” has died while performing one of his trademark daredevil skyscraper stunts.
Wu Yongning had amassed thousands of followers on the social network Weibo for his dramatic short videos, often showing him perched atop tall buildings without the use of safety equipment. Concern grew among his fans when he suddenly stopped posting updates on the platform.
It was later discovered that he had fallen to his death whilst attempting to dangle off the Huayuan Hua Centre in Changsha, a city in China, sans safety equipment on 8 November.
According to The Telegraph, his passing was kept private until last Friday, when his girlfriend revealed in a post online, “Today is December 8th. It makes me think of November 8th, the day you left us and left this world.”
Chinese media reports that he was participating in a challenge to win US$15,000 in prize money, though no details revealed the identity of the sponsor. A clip that shows the moment Wu fell from the building has been circulating on social media.
South China Morning Post quoted his step-uncle Feng Shengliang as saying that Wu had planned to propose to his girlfriend the day after the challenge.
“He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother,” Feng said.
This isn’t the first social media stunt to have gone wrong recently. Just a while ago, a YouTuber cemented his head inside a microwave for a stunt that went awry and firefighters had to save him. The extent to which people would go to for views and ‘likes’ on social media was a topic touched on by an ex-Facebook executive, who described social media as “destroying how society works.”
Watch TIME magazine’s video summary of the incident below.
[via The Telegraph and South China Morning Post, video via TIME, main image screenshot via Berita 0208]
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