Ziplining across a deep gorge suspended only by one’s ponytail seems like a terrible idea on paper, and an Indian stuntman named Sailendra Nath Roy proved yesterday that it’s an even worse idea in practice.
Sailendra Nath Roy was crossing the Teesta River in West Bengal yesterday, dangling from a metal wire by his own ponytail, when he met his demise.
Here’s the thing: he didn’t plummet to his death leaving only a disembodied ponytail attached to the wire, as one might expect.
He died of a heart attack — something that kills millions of more sensible, cautious people on terra firma every year.
Although dangling precariously from a wire surely quickened his heart rate, which probably precipitated the cardiac arrest, it’s entirely possible that he would have suffered a massive heart attack if he had been sitting at home, merely jotting bad ideas on paper.
The stunt wasn’t exactly going according to plan. He got stuck halfway across the gorge, and started shouting instructions for help that, apparently, nobody could quite decipher. After dangling helplessly for 45 minutes, he went limp and his body was eventually plucked from the wire.
The video below doesn’t depict his demise, because that would be awful, but you can see the hopeless situation he got himself into.
Perhaps an autopsy will determine that the timing of his heart attack was merely a fluke, and that it was bound to happen sooner or later.
One thing is for sure: his ponytail was up to the task. Here he is in younger, healthier days pulling a 40-ton train: