Stuntman dies attempting to zipline over river by his hair

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, April 29, 2013 10:25 EDT
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Indian stuntman Sailendra Nath Roy moments before his death. Screenshot via Youtube.
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A famed Hindu stuntman stunned a crowd of more than 1,000 people on Sunday as he died while attempting to zipline over India’s Teesta river, getting stuck and apparently suffering a heart attack mid-way through his attempt.

48-year-old Sailendra Nath Roy was known for performing feats of strength with his hair, and held a Guinness World Record for ziplining from his hair. He was perhaps best known on the Internet for a video of him using his ponytail to pull a 40-ton train.

During his stunt Sunday, Roy made it about half-way across the river before his hair became stuck on the zipline. Video of the failed attempt shows him struggling to move along the line, inching across with his hands before losing all momentum.

The footage does not show his apparent heart attack, but bystanders said he just stopped moving and was pulled down after about 45 minutes, then later declared dead.

This video was published to YouTube on Sunday, April 28, 2013.


(H/T: Daily Mail)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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