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The video then showed Chow vaulting over the railing while his friend looked on in horror. Video surveillance footage that leaked online showed Chow and a friend chatting near a railing.
For one Singapore teen it cost him his life.
— Death.sg (@DeathDotSg) March 1, 2017
However, the ledge couldn’t support his weight and the teen went through plasterboard material to his demise. According to Singapore’s Today, Chow had hoped to land safely on a ledge below.
Chow had hoped to shoot a Snapchat video. (Screengrab) Leaked video surveillance footage shows Jonathan Chow (right) moments before he jumped over a railing to his death at a Singapore mall.
“I knew it was dangerous, but before I could stop him, he already jumped over. I swear I wanted to jump over too but I knew it was too late,” Ruth said.
Chow’s friend, Ruth (who declined to give her last name) was with Chow when the incident occurred.
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“Help me take a Snapchat video and I’ll jump,” Jonathan Chow, 17, muttered to his friend before he hopped over a barrier at Singapore mall last week and fell four floors to his death.
Ruth said Chow wanted to take a video of her doing the same stunt, but he jumped before she could say no.
“We were window shopping for clothes (at the mall) and we went to the bridge, he came up with the idea of doing the stunt,” she told Today.
The New York Post reported a young woman died in February in New Zealand when she and friends tried to take a selfie when the floodgates of a dam on the Waikato River opened. Social media stunts have had deadly consequences as of late.
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Some people will go to great lengths to shoot a video.