Changsha, Hunan Province, China – A daredevil who called himself “China’s First Rooftopper” filmed his own death in November (video below).
Wu Yongning, 26, was attempting to do pull-ups on the side of a 62-story skyscraper when he lost his grip and fell to his death on Nov. 8.
The accident was filmed by a camera Wu had placed to record his trademark daredevil stunt at the summit of the Huayuan Hua Center, one of the tallest buildings in Changsha, central China.
The video, which has gone hugely viral internationally, showed Wu preparing for his stunt, lowering himself over the side of the building, and then bringing himself back up, apparently not pleased with the surface of the wall he was holding on to while he hung in the air.
In the video, he went over the wall a second time, did a few more pull-ups, and then attempted to pull himself back up to the top.
He struggled, and then fell, dropping out of view of the camera.
His body was recovered by window washers.
News of his death wasn’t released publicly until his girlfriend posted on social media about it a month later, Newsweek reported.
Wu had thousands of followers on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site.
He was known for posting videos of himself doing daredevil stunts, such as climbing skyscrapers and perching atop tall buildings without the use of safety equipment.
Wu was participating in a challenge to win $15,000 in prize money at the time of his death, according to the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald. It’s not known who sponsored the challenge, or what the competition was.
Local authorities investigating the case described it as an “accident” and have already ruled out foul play, The Sun reported.
His step-uncle Feng Shengliang said that Wu might have risked his life for the prize money, according to the Straits Times.
“He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge],” said Feng. “He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother.”
He had shared more than 300 videos of terrifying stunts at the time of his death.
Watch the dramatic video Wu filmed of his own death below (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)