Chinese state media on Tuesday blamed a popular daredevil’s recent death in part on his need for affirmation his stunts received on social media, according to The Washington Post.
The Post on Tuesday reported that a China Daily News editorial published the same day also called for greater regulations on live-streaming following Wu Yongning’s fatal plunge.
Chinese news outlets reported that Wu, 26, died on Nov. 8 after trying to do pullups off the top of a 62-story skyscraper in Changsha, the capital city of China’s Hunan province.
“From his interactions with his audience, it seems he really enjoyed the attention,” the editorial said.
“But with all the likes and comments, he overestimated his own abilities and finally lost his life because of that feeling,” it continued.
“Had Wu not been so popular on live-streaming apps, he might not have died. His death should remind us to strengthen supervision over live-streaming apps.”
Sina.com reported last week that Wu’s girlfriend confirmed his death on Chinese social media despite his fatal fall occurring the month before.
The South China Morning Post on Monday reported that Wu was trying to win a $15,000 prize in a “rooftopping” challenge.
“Rooftopping” involves climbing high buildings without any protective gear or safety harnesses, and practitioners sometimes take photographs of themselves.
Wu often posted videos of his exploits on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform similar to Twitter, prior to his death.
The adventurer’s Weibo posts usually nabbed thousands of likes and comments from approximately 60,000 followers.
Wu was allegedly hoping to use the money from his stunt to pay for his upcoming wedding and medical costs for his sick mother.
The Chinese man had previously trained in martial arts before filming his climbing stunts full-time as it was more profitable.