A 26-year-old man fell to his death in China while doing pull-ups on a 62-story skyscraper.
Wu Yongning, also known as the “Chinese Superman,” learned the hard way that he could not fly when he slipped off the side of a building when he failed to climb back up after completing three pull-ups on a ledge.
Why would anyone be doing pull-ups on a skyscraper? Wu was trying to win a $15,000 prize in a rooftopping challenge, allegedly to pay for a wedding and medical expenses for his mother.
“He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge],” said his step-uncle, FengShengliang according to the South China Morning Post. “He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother.”
Rooftopping is the act of accessing rooftops to take skyline photography, according to The Guardian. People have done it for decades, but it has reportedly gained popularity in recent years, perhaps due to the advances in mobile photography technology.
Wu died last month, but his death was just confirmed last week when his girlfriend posted about it on social media. Some had noticed the abrupt end of his online video series, not knowing yet that he had perished.
Wu posted many videos of himself doing stunts similar to the one that cost him his life, sometimes holding a selfie stick to document the dizzying danger of his tricks.
He had more than 1 million followers on Chinese social media. He had previously worked as a film extra before devoting himself to rooftopping full time.
The video of the failed final stunt is circulating online.