Shangsha, China : China’s “Spiderman”, base-jumping stuntman and Daredevil Wang Yongning – known for walking along rooftops, hanging from high buildings, and even doing pushups on the side of skyscrapers – died after falling from a 62-storey skyscraper in Shangsha, China, posting a tragic video of his last successful stunt to social media on the day he perished.
Police said he fell from the 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre, one of the city’s tallest buildings.
News of his death became known only after fans noticed he hadn’t updated his Weibo account in a month. His friends have since confirmed that he died on November 8 and his body was discovered the next day.
The 26-year-old shared videos taken from dizzying heights on his social media channels, and had published a video of himself hanging on top of a skyscraper on November 8. He had more than a million followers on social media and said in the past that his goal was to “challenge all skyscrapers in the world without protection.”
Wang’s friends confirmed his death and said previous videos showing him appearing to fall from a building had been recorded as a joke.
Wu had recently started a rooftopping challenge with a $15,000 prize, according to his uncle Feng Shengliang.
“He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge]. He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother.” his uncle Feng Shengliang said.
Wang, who was born in 1991, started his career as a martial artist and supporting actor, appearing in some movies and TV series.
According to his biography on Weibo, “The goal is to challenge all skyscrapers in the world without any protection.”