A daredevil plummeted to his death during a risky trick near the top of a 62-story building in China, according to new reports.
Wu Yongning, 26, who called himself "China's First Roof," plunged into the Huayuan International Center in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province in Central China, on November 8, AsiaWire reported.
A month later, Yongning's girlfriend and relatives confirmed her death.
A viral video, which amassed more than 15 million views on Chinese social networks, shows Yongning, who had already reached the roof of the skyscraper, to get off the edge of the building to make a lifting maneuver. But when he tried to get up, he struggled for a few moments before losing control and plummeting down the side of the building.
The camera phone I had set up to record the trick quickly lost sight of it.
Authorities describe the fatal fall as an accident and have ruled out foul play, according to the report. Police believe he dived about 45 feet on a terrace and died of his injuries during or after the dive.
His girlfriend, identified only as "Jinjin", told the store that he believes Yongning took an elevator "more than 40 floors" and began his ascent "almost 20 floors more" until he reached the place where he filmed.
The building is only open to the public up to the 44th floor, and beyond that, cards are needed to access the Grand Hyatt Hotel, according to the report.
Yongning would have received 100,000 yuan (about $ 15,000) for the trick, his family told the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald. It is not clear who sponsored that prize.
"He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge]," Yongning's stepbrother, Feng Shengliang, told the South China Morning Post. "He needed the money for the wedding and for the medical treatment of his sick mother"
A friend praised Yongning's disinterest in a posting on the Chinese social networking site Weibo.
"You are one of those people in this world, you will do anything for your loved ones, absolutely anything," the user wrote, according to the BBC.
But others criticized him for the reckless act.
"Why would I look for attention in such a dangerous way, just for your fans?" Posted another person.
Yongning was known for climbing skyscrapers without any security equipment, just his own "martial arts training and careful planning," one of his Weibo messages said, according to the media. He shared nearly 300 videos of his defiant death acts.