Chinese daredevil dies after falling 62 storeys

Wu Yongning was famous for his death-defying stunts.
Wu Yongning was famous for his death-defying stunts. Photo credit: Weibo

A Chinese man who frequently filmed himself dangling off skyscapers died after falling from a 62-storey building.

Wu Yongning, 26, had a huge following on Weibo - a popular Chinese social media site - for his videos, which showed him climbing high buildings with no safety equipment.

He warned fans not to attempt his stunts, and said that his martial arts training and careful planning kept him safe.

Fans became concerned when Mr Wu abruptly stopped posting in November, and his girlfriend later confirmed that he had died after falling during an attempted stunt.

Footage of the fatal moment has circulated online. The video, taken on a camera phone set up by Mr Wu, shows him lowering himself off the side of the 62-storey Huayuan International Centre in Changsha, central China.

After performing a few pull-ups, Mr Wu struggles to hoist himself back up, before falling out of view. Police believe he fell 45 feet and suffered fatal injuries.

Step-uncle Feng Shiangling told the South China Morning Post that Mr Wu died while attempting a stunt for a 'rooftopping' challenge. Had his video gone viral, he would have earned more than 100,000 yuan (NZ$21,737.76).

"He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge]," Mr Feng said. 

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