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Snapchat Stunt Ends in Teen's Death

Jonathan Chow, 17, fell four stories when he jumped over a railing at a mall
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2017 1:04 PM CST

(Newser) – A teen in Singapore fell to his death while reportedly attempting a Snapchat stunt, the New York Post reports. Jonathan Chow, 17, leaped over a railing at a shopping mall expecting to land on a ledge. But the surface collapsed under him, and the teen plunged four stories as a horrified friend looks on. Identified only as Ruth, the friend tells the local site Today that Chow proposed staging the stunt as they shopped for clothes at the Orchard Central Mall last Friday. "Help me take a Snapchat video and I’ll jump,” she says Chow told her. "I knew it was dangerous, but before I could stop him, he already jumped over." Leaked surveillance video shows Chow and the girl standing next to a four-foot glass railing before Chow jumps over.

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The girl, with her arm raised as if she were recording, rushes to the edge, per the Huffington Post. The teens thought the ledge was made of concrete "but when he jumped, he fell straight through." A photo in the Straits Times shows a hole punched into the ledge, which was actually flimsy plasterboard not intended to bear weight. The incident happened on a ledge linking two malls, and police said Chow died later at a local hospital. Chow, who attended high school in Australia, was an avid skateboarder, according to his Facebook page, which was turned into a memorial. Last month, a model in Dubai survived after dangling precariously from a skyscraper to snap an Instagram shot, notes the Sun. (Deadly selfies aren't exactly uncommon anymore.)

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