Daredevil climber dies after plunge from Chinese skyscraper

Carla Harmon
December 11, 2017

The Daily Mail reported Wu had set up a camera on another portion of the building to capture his stunt. The BBC reports that the Chinese daredevil, known for posting videos of himself at the top of tall buildings scaled without safety devices, is confirmed to have died in a fall from a 62-story building in Changsha on November 8.

As a prominent "rooftopper", Mr Wu posted photos and videos of his death-defying climbs.

Wu Yongning, aged 26, fell from the summit of the 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre in the central city of Changsha, apparently as he attempted to scoop 100,000 yuan (£11,200) for a clip promoting an unnamed sponsor, reports say. He had more than 235,000 followers on social media and said in the past that his goal was to "challenge all skyscrapers in the world without protection".

Wu's step-uncle Feng Shengliang was quoted as saying that he may have risked his life for the prize money.

Wu's girlfriend Fu JinJin told The Beijing News she called the cops on November 9 after he didn't return home.

But it was his rooftop posts which brought him significant attention on social media - and, according to local media reports, proved more lucrative.

He had hoped to use the money to marry his girlfriend and pay his mother's medical expenses.

Wu was famous for fearlessly scaling high-rise buildings without any safety equipment, relying only on his "martial arts training and careful planning", according to one of his Weibo posts.

He posted 301 videos from the tops of various buildings throughout China and used the money from being a daredevil to buy cellphones and appliances for his parents.

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