Subject: Re: A Chinese rooftop climber filmed his own death as he fell from a62-story skyscraper
On Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:36:51 UTC-5, Dave Fisher wrote:
> A famous Chinese "rooftopping" enthusiast unwittingly filmed his
> own death after he fell from a 62-story skyscraper during one of
> his trademark daredevil stunts.
> Wu Yongning, 26, was performing pull-ups at the summit of the
> Huayuan Hua Center, one of the tallest buildings in Changsha,
> central China, when he lost his grip and fell.
> The incident was captured on a camera that Wu had carefully
> placed on another part of the building to record himself.
> Wu had amassed thousands of followers on Weibo, a popular
> Chinese social media site, after posting dramatic short videos
> showing himself perched atop tall buildings without the use of
> safety equipment. The challenge he was participating in at the
> time of his death came with $15,000 in prize money, according to
> the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald, although the paper did not provide
> further details on the identity of the sponsor or the nature of
> the competition.
> Wu died on November 8, but his death was only confirmed in a
> social media post by his girlfriend, Jin Jin, a month later,
> after fans became concerned that no videos had been posted to
> his channel for a month.
> Local police investigating the case described it as an accident
> and have ruled out foul play.
> Last Friday, Jin Jin wrote online: “Today is December 8th. It
> makes me think of November 8th, the day you left us and left
> this world."
> Jin Jin told The Beijing News that Wu was due to ask her
> parents' permission to marry her two days after the stunt. His
> step-uncle corroborated, telling the South China Morning Post,
> "He 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."
> 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. More
> than 300 videos of him tiptoeing along skyscraper ledges or
> doing pull-ups as he hung from the sides of tall buildings have
> been widely shared by his fans.
> Rooftopping, or "buildering," is the practice of accessing
> rooftops to take skyline photography or perform stunts. The
> performer often live-streams the footage or posts it to social
> media. The trend has spiked in popularity all across the world
> in recent years, despite safety concerns; many climbers insist
> that the use of safety equipment detracts from the experience.
The actual fall: (somewhat unsettling)