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Daredevil climber dies after jump from the Chinese skyscraper

Wu Yongning. (Courtesy of Weibo)

A daredevil climber was attempting to scale a 62-storey skyscraper in China when he plunged to his death, according to reports in the media.

Wu Yongning, a so-called “rooftopper,” had gained a huge following on social media by climbing tall buildings without safety equipment and the placing of the dizzying selfies and videos online. However, the 26-year-old fell from the top of the 62-story Spa Hua Centre in the Chinese city of Changsha, The Telegraph reports.

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The daredevil was reportedly trying to claim $11,200 for a clip to promote an anonymous sponsor. The quote of the police, The Sun reports that Wu fell to about 45 meters on a terrace and died of fatal injury during or shortly after the accident.

AsiaOne reports that a video of the gruesome incident surfaced online Dec. 10. The accident happened Nov. 8, it said, citing a message of Wu’s girlfriend on the Chinese social networking site Weibo.

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Wu, a former movie stuntman, had more than a million followers on the Chinese Internet, according to The Telegraph.

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