Famous China “rooftopper” dies after falling from 62-story skyscraper

Dec 12, 2017

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Famous China “rooftopper” dies after falling from 62-story skyscraper

Dec 12, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Wu Yongning, a famous Chinese “rooftopper,” was confirmed dead after failing at one of his recognizable stunts. The former movie stuntman attempted to hang off a 62-story building for a sponsored video. He was unable to climb back onto the roof, so has eventually lost his grip and fell down.

26-year-old Wu amassed millions of followers on the Chinese social network Weibo. He was famous for fearlessly climbing the tallest skyscrapers without the safety equipment. According to the Telegraph, Wu’s profile featured over 300 videos of him tip-toeing on scaffolding or doing pull-ups from the side of tall buildings. When the incident occurred, he was dangling off Huayuan Hua Centre in Changsha, China.

According to BBC, Wu was participating in a “rooftopping” challenge allegedly worth 100,000 yuan ($15,000). However, the nature of the competition and the name of the sponsor remain unknown. Reportedly, Wu accepted the challenge because he needed the money for his mother’s medical treatment, as well as his own wedding.

Although the sad news is only public now, the accident happened over a month ago. As the Telegraph reports, his account on Weibo suddenly went silent last month. Then, on December 8, his girlfriend shared a status that reads: “Today is December 8th. It makes me think of November 8th, the day you left us and left this world.” Police have confirmed that Wu died on November 8, after falling from the Huayuan Hua Centre.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first death of this kind. Only two months ago, urbex photographer Eric Paul Janssen got killed after falling from the 20th floor of the LondonHouse hotel in Chicago.

I understand that Wu accepted this particular challenge because he was in a desperate need of money. But he was doing stunts like this even when only social media fame was involved. Also, he isn’t the only one who attempted it, as the popularity of “rooftopping” is growing. In search of instant, viral fame, more and more (mainly young) people turn to this dangerous trend. And unfortunately, the trend takes its victims, no matter how well prepared they are. So even if it ever crosses your mind to dangle off a skyscraper – please, for God’s sake, wear a harness!

[via the Telegraph, BBC]

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28 responses to “Famous China “rooftopper” dies after falling from 62-story skyscraper”

  1. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    sadly, only a matter of time :(

  2. Bruce Kinnaird Scott Avatar
    Bruce Kinnaird Scott

    Good

  3. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    Seen the video of this happening…you can tell he isn’t going to be able to get back up the building…?

  4. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    Seen the video of this happening…you can tell he isn’t going to be able to get back up the building…?

  5. Dave Minnich Avatar
    Dave Minnich

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  6. Ronny Tertnes Avatar
    Ronny Tertnes

    He fell 15 Meters and died, so the 62 story height is kind of moot…

    1. Julius Gashumba Avatar
      Julius Gashumba

      A story is between 3 – 5 meters. He would have fallen between 186 – 310 meters. Not 15.

  7. Ian McArthur Avatar
    Ian McArthur

    Glad I’m not the only one who thinks he got what he deserves.

    1. Chris Stivala Avatar
      Chris Stivala

      Got what he deserved is very harsh, he wasn’t harming anyone. I think he was an dumb ass created by the times we live in but death was a harsh punishment for idiocy.

      1. Richard Doktor Avatar
        Richard Doktor

        “[…] he wasn’t harming anyone.”

        But he did … ?!

        Starting with himself: He’s dead, Jim. But, I don’t care about this, because it was his own decision.
        After that, he harmed everyone who know him, starting with his family and close friends. And lastly, harming innocent people on the street. I don’t know if anything was reported, but I can imagine a falling human body from about 300 meters makes a significant impact on the ground. How would you like it to be hit by such an moron and possibly get also killed? What if he fell onto an car onto the street, crashing the passengers in it, followed up by cars crashing into this car because of this accident?

        Saying “he wasn’t harming anyone” can only come from someone, who is mentally not really unfolded, sorry. Suicide persons in the public, like he (even if he maybe didn’t know it), are _always_ harming others in one or the other way. At least, if they have to, they should kill themselves in a place, where there are completely alone and the floor is washable …

    2. Ian McArthur Avatar
      Ian McArthur

      Maybe it will discourage others from doing the same stupid shit, it’s sad that someone died, but maybe if HE had saw some other moron dying doing this moronic stupid shit, maybe he would’ve said fuck that, that is utterly, utterly stupid and reprehensible and only a fucking idiot would chance that and put his family and friends through that ordeal for his own selfish, narcissistic ego trip.

    3. Ian McArthur Avatar
      Ian McArthur

      He is harming others, as this sort of stunt is posted online, which gives other morons ideas above and beyond their comprehension and capabilities.

    4. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
      Duncan Dimanche

      And you are a prick for saying that.
      I don’t think that any innocent 26 years old deserved to die. Especially if he did not harm anyone.

      He was being paid for this stunt and with that money he was going to help pay for his mother’s treatment…

  8. Tim Brakemeier Avatar
    Tim Brakemeier

    Yes, to do so is crazy. But the reaction some of you show here is poor!

  9. JZ Aamir Avatar
    JZ Aamir

    At least he died doing what he loved not like dead people on deadend jobs.

    1. Jan Leah Avatar
      Jan Leah

      I was thinking the same thing

    2. Justin Akard Avatar
      Justin Akard

      because people keep dead end jobs because they want them? You are a fucking douchebag.

    3. JZ Aamir Avatar
      JZ Aamir

      Oh fuck you Justin … It’s because they’re dead inside.

  10. James F Byrnes Avatar
    James F Byrnes

    Yet another Darwin Award winner! “Play with fire you’re gonna get burned” etc.

  11. CC Wright Avatar
    CC Wright

    Seems like the ultimate form of a senseless death.

  12. Jhoneil Centeno Avatar
    Jhoneil Centeno

    I heard he was a real down to earth kinda guy…

  13. Travis Gauthier Avatar
    Travis Gauthier

    Good

  14. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    I can’t believe people took the time to comment “good”

    What a bunch of biter people we live with these days.

    He was getting paid for this stunt and with the money pay for his mother’s expensive medical bills….

    I hope that there will be written “good” on your graveyard.

    Have a good day

    1. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
      Adrian J Nyaoi

      Good

  15. Tod Heckert Avatar
    Tod Heckert

    like what Trump Would Say.. He knew what he was getting into.. so no pity from me.

  16. Chris Cameron Avatar
    Chris Cameron

    I feel sorry for the poor bastard that had the job of scrapping his remains off the sidewalk. Who’s paying his therapy bills?

  17. suruha Avatar
    suruha

    Well, I think it is sad. He isn’t the first person who does this sort of freelance work to have met his demise doing it. Evil Knievel broke darned near every bone in his body!
    I don’t quite understand why people choose to do such risky things for a living. I couldn’t and wouldn’t. But, it is still sad that he lost his life.
    My blessings to the family and loved ones.

  18. Timothyf7 Avatar
    Timothyf7

    Sad… but no surprise.