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World-Famous Daredevil Dies During Ponytail Zip-Line Stunt Attempt -- But He Didn't Fall


"He was desperately trying to move forward."

(Image source: Gawker)

(Image source: Gawker)

A daring attempt to travel across the River Teesta in India on a zip-line attached to his ponytail turned out to be one world-famous daredevil's last stunt.

Last week, Sailendra Nath Roy, 48, managed to make it nearly halfway across the 600-foot zip-line when his ponytail seemingly got tangled up in the wheeler, according to eyewitnesses. Spectators could only watch as the daredevil dangled helplessly 70 feet above the river.

"He was desperately trying to move forward. He was trying to scream out some instruction. But no one could follow what he was saying. After struggling for 30 minutes he became still," photographer Balai Sutradhar told BBC News India.

"Because the stunt was performed illegally and Roy had no emergency personnel standing by to assist him, it took another 45 minutes before police were finally able to bring him down," Gawker notes. BBC News India also points out that Roy had not gotten permission to do the stunt.

When he finally made it to the hospital, doctors said Roy had suffered from a "massive heart attack."

In March 2011, Roy was named the Guinness World Record holder for traveling the farthest distance on a zip wire using hair.

Tragically, a friend, who asked to remain anonymous, said the zip-wire stunt would be his last. He wanted to stop doing dangerous stunts for his wife.

Watch the stunt gone horribly wrong below (Warning! Video will be disturbing to some readers):

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