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Indian Guinness World Record Holder Dies During Ponytail Stunt

An Indian man with a Guinness World Record for traveling the farthest distance on a zip wire attached to his hair has died after trying to recreate the stunt.

Sailendra Nath Roy was performing the feat in front of a large group of people over the Teesta River in West Bengal Sunday. He was suspended from a 180-meter-long zip wire at a height of 20 meters.

Witnesses say that after Roy had progressed about halfway across, he was unable to go any further. They say he struggled for some time before suddenly going still.

It took about 45 minutes for people to bring him down, and there were no emergency personnel on site during the stunt.

The 48-year-old police employee and daredevil was pronounced dead at the hospital with doctors saying he suffered a massive heart attack.

Roy received his Guinness World Record in March 2011. He also made headlines for pulling the Darjeeling toy train with his hair.

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