This was a loss for so many people
Near-death experiences can change a person’s life, but is it smart to seek them out on a regular basis just for the rush or for monetary purposes? Many would argue it’s not, that the risk of actually dying is too high. Even so, many thrill-seekers undertake these feats and make a living off of doing them. One such daredevil ― a man who made his extreme stunts look effortless ― learned that the hard way. He took things too far one day, and he and his family are paying the ultimate price. To make matters worse, he missed out on a chance to ask his girlfriend to marry him like he was planning on doing right after he completed the stunt.
This tragic tale is making people just like him think twice about the price of stuntman stardom.
Wu Yongning was garnering a name for himself on the Chinese social networking sites Weibo and Volcano throughout 2017. He was known for posting videos of himself reaching impossible heights by climbing on buildings and bridges without the use of any safety equipment.
He was trained in martial arts and had worked in film as a stuntman. He wasn’t making the money that he hoped to make, but he realized that he could make lots of virtual cash by being a freelance “rooftopper” performing death-defying stunts.
In November, he decided to participate in challenge to win about 100,000 yuan. He planned on using the money to wed his girlfriend Jin Jin. She told Bejing News that Wu Yongning was going to bring about 80,000 to her parents as a “bridal gift” two days later, and he was going to spend the rest on his ailing mother.
For the challenge on Nov. 8, the 26-year-old daredevil planned on doing pull-ups from the top of the 62-story Huayuan International Centre in Changsha, the capital of Huan Province in China. He set up a camera to film himself hanging off of the side of the building. In the nearly four-minute long video, he can be seen hanging from the side of the building before climbing back onto the roof to readjust, then hanging off again. He completed about three pull-ups before trying unsuccessfully to climb back onto the ledge. He hangs helplessly for about 30 seconds. Then he falls.
A window cleaner came across his lifeless body on a terrace 45 feet below the ledge. Authorities investigated his death and ruled out foul play. Jin Jin explained that Wu got onto the building’s roof by taking an elevator to the 44th floor, then free climbing more than 20 floors to reach the roof.
While his family and friends were informed of the death, his fans had no idea what happened. They were finally informed why he hadn’t been posting videos of his stunts for a month when Jin Jin talked about it on social media.
While Wu’s tragic death has many scratching their heads over why someone would continually risk their life, a rooftopper in the United Kingdom said that the rush you get from doing death-defying acts says the draw is obvious: the stunts make you feel invincible. “The moment you start wearing safety equipment is the moment you’ve got doubt and when you’ve got doubt, that’s when things can go wrong. It completely changes the way you look at things. You see everything as a possibility rather than walls restricting you,” James Kington told the BBC.
You can see the video on BBC
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