Daredevil Who Climbed Skyscrapers Without Equipment Dies in 62-Story Fall

Famous China rooftopper 'confirmed dead' after fall from skyscraper

Chinese "rooftopper" Wu Yongning has died after falling from a 62-story building.

THE tragic death of a daredevil young man has been broadcast to millions after the stunt expert died while attempting pull-ups from the ledge of a 62-storey skyscraper.

Wu Yongning, 26, who called himself "China's First Rooftopper", plunged from the Huayuan International Centre in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in central China, on November 8, AsiaWire reported.

However, his rooftop posts had garnered him significant attention on social media and, according to local media reports, proved to be more lucrative.

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.

A month later, Yongning's girlfriend and family members confirmed his death.




Wu Yongning poses atop a skyscraper without any safety equipment. He didn't return her phone calls or her messages which led her to, initially, believe he had been arrested.

"China's First Rooftopper" Wu Yongning carried out hair-raising stunts regularly and shared them with his fans on social media Who was Wu Yongning?

The man's girlfriend says that to reach the filming location, Wu likely had to free-climb almost 20 floors from the uppermost floor he could reach by elevator.

The fateful stunt had been part of a RMB 100,000 (£11,300/$15,000) rooftopping challenge, his family said, according to the South China Morning Post. His body was allegedly discovered by a window cleaner. He had shared almost 300 videos of his adventures atop various buildings in China.

He bought mobile phones and electrical appliances for his parents with the money he earned, the report added.

Wu's uncle, Feng Shengliang, said his nephew had planned to use the prize money to marry his girlfriend and to pay his mother's medical bills, SCMP said.

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