Chinese TikTok star falls 160ft from a crane while recording a live stream

Jul 26, 2021

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Jul 26, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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You expect to be safe while you’re at work, but when you work as a crane operator, you have to be mindful of what’s going on around you and where you’re placing your foot. According to The Mirror, Chinese TikTok star, Xiao Qiumei was one such crane operator who apparently died after falling 160ft while recording a live stream.

The 23-year-old social media star had two children and reportedly “regularly shared videos of herself working to her thousands of followers”. Boasting over 100,000 followers, the attraction of such a young lady working as a crane operator sharing her workday is interesting. She doesn’t exactly fit the stereotype.

The Sun reports that eyewitnesses who saw her fall said that she had her phone in her hand during her descent at 5:40pm last Tuesday after most of her co-workers had left the site. A video being shared online is reported to be footage of her fall, as it tumbled down the crane. Her family disputes the footage, stating that she was a professional at work and kept her phone in her bag during work hours.

A screengrab, reportedly from the live stream as she fell

That the family did, according to The Sun, confirm Xaio Qiumei’s death. They say that it was nothing to do with her TikTok status or social media, though, but that it was simply a tragic accident at the end of her shift as a crane operator. The result of a misstep and not being distracted by live streaming, despite the eyewitness reports.

[via The Mirror / Images via TikTok]

 

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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20 responses to “Chinese TikTok star falls 160ft from a crane while recording a live stream”

  1. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    Nice.

  2. Mark Stevens Avatar
    Mark Stevens

    Falling Star……. Sad

  3. Stephen Cottle Avatar
    Stephen Cottle

    Natural selection

    1. James Callanan Avatar
      James Callanan

      Stephen Cottle So you obviously don’t even understand what natural selection actually means.

    2. Stephen Cottle Avatar
      Stephen Cottle

      And you obviously don’t know what sarcasm is

  4. Daniel Bksz Avatar
    Daniel Bksz

    Sorry for my ignorance, but I have a few questions.
    What is a tik-tok star?
    Why is this on a photography page?
    Who cares?
    If anybody else has other questions, feel free to add.
    Waiting for the answers.

    1. Cindy Wood Avatar
      Cindy Wood

      Daniel Bksz Why would anyone laugh at this?

    2. Daniel Bksz Avatar
      Daniel Bksz

      Cindy Wood for a good reason.

    3. Lee General Avatar
      Lee General

      Ladies and gentleman, the Darwin Awards, special mention category.

  5. Miklós Tóth Avatar
    Miklós Tóth

    Darwin-star

  6. John M Fuller Avatar
    John M Fuller

    Another Darwin award contestant. Stupid is what stupid does.

  7. Steven Naranjo Avatar
    Steven Naranjo

    God that filter much be on crack to make her face so fake looking. Really flattens her face.

  8. Paul Davis Avatar
    Paul Davis

    If you laugh you’re an a**hole. If you climb cranes to be popular you’re entering a world of hurt. Surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Idiots Rule

  9. Matthew Esqueria Avatar
    Matthew Esqueria

    Ppl are getting dumber,

  10. Velimir William Mutuc Avatar
    Velimir William Mutuc

    Wait… a 23 year old lost her life in dubious circumstances at best, allegedly she was on tic tok and that’s enough for you… Enough to make fun of a tragedy that literally just occurred.

    For that kid, you all are considered grown up’s for fucks sake. Grown up’s who HATE a fucking app so much, that you would mock her, even thou SHE LOST HER LIFE!

    Can you not think of a time when you were 23, making dumb ass decisions that could have ended badly but didn’t because you got lucky. Fuck some of you probably have kids of your own by now, Good luck to them in life if their support pillars like to make fun of barely adults who died in an accident.

    What is wrong with you? I’m not even trying to be facetious with that question. What the fuck is wrong with you, are you are so disconnected from reality, that a 23 year old kid losing her life, even if she did something stupid is causing you to behave like this. Cracking fucking jokes, at someone’s death, at someone who has a family that is crying for them, and will spend months and years trying to get over this.

    Shame on you, garbage fucking people.

    I don’t like that app as much as anyone else, I also dont believe in God, but shit do you people need Jesus right now.

    1. Diego Cabarello Avatar
      Diego Cabarello

      Velimir William Mutuc i did this kind of dumb things at 15 years old (and it was way less dangerous). At 23, personally i gained in maturity and know how dumb these kind of actions are.
      So yeah, sad for her, but hey, its Tik Tok.

    2. Gary Koh Avatar
      Gary Koh

      Velimir William Mutuc Not just that yo; *it was her job*. She didn’t specially scale a crane for shits and giggles. It’s arguable if she should have been playing with her phone in the first place, but put another way it’s just another person making tiktoks at work. Plenty do. Even in circumstance where safety is questionable…

  11. Fitzy Gee Avatar
    Fitzy Gee

    Her ratings have plummeted since the accident.

  12. Nicholas La Avatar
    Nicholas La

    All the laughing emojis going to hell. We get it, dumb move on her but to laugh at anyones death is just as childish. Smh

  13. ekstywy Avatar
    ekstywy

    Natural selection is still doing it’s thing baby. Rip