In photos: When people go to the heights of danger for a 'cool' selfie.
The fan base for Wu Yongning's extreme rooftop selfies and videos ran close to a million.
Photograph: Wu Yongning/Weibo.
Wu Yongning had amassed a fan base that ran close to a million on social media with his extreme 'rooftopping' selfies. And that is what ended up causing his death.
He was only 26.
The Chinese rooftop climber plunged from 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre in Changsha, China, during one of his high-rise stunts in November -- a stunt for which he had been offered 100,000 yuan ($20,000) in prize money. But his death was only discovered this month after a after a Weibo user, who identified herself as Wu's girlfriend posted about the incident.
Rooftopping and other high-risk selfie fads have been widely condemned by law enforcement agencies around the world, but that hasn't stopped people from going to extreme lengths for a selfie.
Scroll down to see how people all over the world court danger for a selfie.
Alain Robert, aka a French urban climber, has been doing free solo climbing for decades, but even he stops to take a selfie these days.
Keow Wee Loong is a Malaysian daredevil photographer.
He went viral last year for shooting photographs in radioactive Fukushima without protective gear.
Angela Nikolau scales horrifying heights to get the world's great cities as her backdrop.
Check out her risky selfies.
Rooftopping is not limited to the daredevils of the social media generations.
A player takes a rooftop selfie with her team mates before a football tournament in Rio de Janeiro.
Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters.
The selfie phenomenon has seen people stop to pose for one even in the most dangerous situations -- like this Palestinian protester during clashes with Israeli troops near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters.
A competitor uses a selfie stick in the middle of the FIS Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing World Championships in Spain.
Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters.
How could a mere sandstorm hope to stop the selfie brigade in China?
This selfie taker couldn't be bothered by the high winds that swept through Beirut, Lebanon, during a storm.
Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters.
This man not only climbed to the top of a Moscow skyscraper during the Moscow-Ukraine crisis of 2014 to attach a Ukrainian flag to its spire, but also stopped to take a selfie.
Photograph: Ilya Varlamov/Reuters.
Even professional rescuers are not immune to extreme selfies!
This member of Chinese rescue team stopped to take one during an operation to rescue victims trapped inside a collapsed hotel after the 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters.