Monday, April 29, 2013

World Record-Holding Ponytail Zip-Liner Dies Repeating Stunt (PHOTOS)


The man who held the Guinness World Record for traveling the farthest distance on a zip line while attached by his hair has died.
Indian man Sailendra Nath Roy suffered a heart attack on Sunday while suspended from the 600-foot long, 70 foot-high zip wire over the Teesta river in West Bengal, the BBC reported. He was attempting to break his own record.
"He was desperately trying to move forward," photographer Balai Sutradhar said, according to the Independent. "He was trying to scream out some instruction. But no one could follow what he was saying. After struggling for 30 minutes he became still."

Roy was hanging by his ponytail for around 45 minutes before he was brought down. Doctors pronounced him dead on arrival at the hospital.
The BBC reports that Roy was 48, though according to the Independent and India Today, he was 50.

Police say that Roy had not obtained permission for the feat.
Roy, who worked as a driver for police, set the original record in March 2011. In 2008, he attracted national attention by using his ponytail to pull the 42-ton Darjeeling toy train about 8 feet, according to India Today. In 2007, he tied his ponytail from a rope and used it to fly between two buildings.
A friend of the daredevil said Roy had told his wife this would be his last stunt, according to the Independent.

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