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Chinese rooftop climber dies in 62-storey fall

Sun Online Desk     12th December, 2017 11:34:52 printer

Chinese rooftop climber dies in 62-storey fall


A well-known Chinese climber 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 showing him perched atop tall buildings without the use of safety equipment.


Concern grew among his fans when he stopped posting updates in November.


It has now emerged that he died after falling from a 62-storey building in the city of Changsha.


Chinese media report that he was participating in a challenge to win a substantial amount of prize money.


The 26-year-old died on 8 November, but his death was only confirmed by his girlfriend in a post on Chinese social media a month later.


A family member was quoted as saying he was participating in a "rooftopping" challenge with 100,000 yuan (£11,300) at stake in prize money, though the nature of the competition and its sponsor was unclear.


"He planned to propose to his girlfriend (the day after the challenge)," the South China Morning Post quoted his step-uncle as saying.


"He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother."


Wu Yongning posted videos of his climbs to Chinese social platform Weibo

The rooftopping trend is popular across the world in heavily developed cities. Despite safety concerns, many climbers insist that the use of safety equipment detracts from the experience, reports BBC.