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Ponytail stunt death: ‘He was desperately trying to move forward’

Ponytail stunt death: ‘He was desperately trying to move forward’, Sailendra Nath Roy’s ponytail stunt death was not what the 48-year-old Indian Guinness World Record holder had in mind when he promised his wife that this would be his last stunt. “A friend, who preferred to remain anonymous, said: ‘His wife used to urge him to quit doing dangerous stunts. Mr Roy convinced her that crossing the Teesta river would be his last. Unfortunately, that became his last stunt," reported BBC News India on April 29, 2013.

In 2007, Sailendra Nath Roy tied his ponytail to a rope and flew from one building to another in front of television cameras. In 2008, he pulled the Darjeeling toy train with his ponytail and in March of 2011, Guinness World Record named Sailendra Nath Roy the record holder for being able to travel the farthest distance on a zip wire by using his hair.

When not hanging by his ponytail, Sailendra Nath Roy was working as a driver for the police.

On Sunday morning, after having promised his wife that this would be his last stunt, Sailendra Nath Roy and some of his friends arrived at the Coronation Bridge which spans over the Teesta river near the Siliguri town in West Bengal, India.

Together with his friends, Sailendra Nath Roy set up a 600-foot-long zip wire (180 meters long) at a height of 70 feet (20 meters) above the river.

According to police, Sailendra Nath Roy was wearing a life jacket but he had not obtained a permission to do the stunt so there were no doctors or emergency services at the bridge.

The hundreds of spectators watching Sailendra Nath Roy’s ponytail stunt noticed that about half way along the zip wire, Sailendra Nath Roy appeared to be stuck.

"’He was desperately trying to move forward. 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,’ said Balai Sutradhar, a photographer, who was covering the stunt.”

Sailendra Nath Roy was hanging by his ponytail for almost 45 minutes until officials were able to bring him down from the zip wire.

According to police officials, the Guinness World Record holder had suffered a massive heart attack.

While there are no words to diminish the pain that Sailendra Nath Roy’s wife must feel, maybe the old saying “you die the way you live,” might be of some minor comfort for her. Her husband died the way he loved to live.

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