Rooftop climber dies during stunt on 62-storey building

A Chinese stuntman, who fell to death from a 62-storey building last month, was risking his life for the prize money he needed for the wedding with his girlfriend and for medical treatment for his ailing mother, his family said. Wu Yongning, 28, a rooftop climber, fell to his death from Huayuan Centre, the tallest building in Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province on November 8, police said on Saturday. The Beijing News reported that his girlfriend, identified only by her surname Fu, called the police on November 9 after he failed to return. Wu’s family grew alarmed as he stopped posting videos abruptly on micro-blogging site Weibo for over a month after his Changsha visit, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday (Dec 11). His step-uncle Feng Shengliang told Xiaoxiang Morning Herald that Wu was offered 100,000 yuan ($15,106) in prize money by an unknown sponsor for performing the stunt at Huayuan Centre. He said Wu 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, Feng said.