Sunday 23 April 2017

Teenager jumps to his death in Snapchat stunt gone wrong

CCTV footage shows Johnathan Chow and his friend Ruth minutes before the stunt went wrong
CCTV footage shows Johnathan Chow and his friend Ruth minutes before the stunt went wrong
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A 17-year-old boy has died while trying to film a stunt for Snapchat.

Johnathan Chow (17) jumped over the railing at a Singapore mall, hoping to land safely on a ledge just beneath him, according to TODAY news.

Reports say that the ledge below the railing couldn't support Mr Chow's weight and he fell through the plasterboard, falling four stories.

His friend, named only as Ruth, watched in horror as he fell to his death.

“We both thought the ledge was made of concrete, but when he jumped, he fell straight through,” Ruth said. “I knew it was dangerous, but before I could stop him, he already jumped over," she told TODAY.

She said the 17-year-old came up with the idea for the stunt while they were clothes shopping at the mall. “Help me take a Snapchat video and I’ll jump,” she said Mr Chow told her.

CCTV footage in the store that shows Mr Chow's final moments will be reviewed by police.

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