A Chinese 'Rooftopper' Has Fallen to His Death While Scaling a Skyscraper

A popular Chinese "rooftop climber" has died while performing one of his trademark daredevil skyscraper stunts.

Wu Yongning, 26, fell 62 storeys to his death on November 8 while working on a new stunt in the city of Changsha.

The stuntman's death was confirmed December 8 after fans of his escapades noticed Wu hadn't posted new videos on social media in a month.

However, fans grew concerned when he abruptly stopped posting videos last month.

A close family member stated that the competition that led to his death was worth 100,000 yuan in prize money.

"He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge]", his step-uncle Feng Shengliang was quoted by the Post as saying.

Rooftoppers are daredevils who climb to the top of a tall building, often illegally, and take photos of themselves perched precariously atop the building. The unsafe activity is becoming increasingly popular across the world with many people trying to set new records.

The Changsha Evening News said Mr Wu was seeking to make money for his poverty-striken family and pay medical costs for his mother, who suffers from a mental condition.

The stunts, done without safety equipment, were widely shared by Wu's fans, and wildly profitable for him. But while the attention on social media and stunning photographs are alluring proponents of rooftop climbing, it is still a highly unsafe thing to do for amateurs and seasoned veterans alike.

Wu Yongning was a Chinese daredevil of sorts who had amassed thousands of followers on the Chinese social network, Weibo.

A young Chinese climbing enthusiast's fatal fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a $15,000 "rooftopping" dare has spurred warnings by state media against the perils of livestreaming.

"Why would you seek attention in such a unsafe way, just for your fans?" one Weibo user wondered.

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