Chinese TikTok star Xiao Qiumei dies after falling 160 feet from a crane while recording a livestream video

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  • Xiao Qiumei, an influencer who was popular on the Chinese version of TikTok, died after a fall.

  • The Sun reported that the 23-year-old was filming herself in a crane cabin when she fell.

  • Xiao was known for regularly sharing videos on social media of her job as a crane operator.

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Xiao Qiumei, an influencer from China, reportedly died after falling from a 160-foot crane while recording herself for a social-media post in Quzhou, China.

The Sun reported that the 23-year-old was speaking into a camera in what appeared to be a crane cabin when she fell.

Footage obtained by the outlet shows the camera suddenly switched to blurry images of equipment flying past the lens.

According to The Sun, the family confirmed her death, saying she fell as a result of a misstep.

The family reportedly added that she had been employed as a professional crane operator but denied she would have been filming during work hours.

The outlet said witnesses saw Xiao fall to the ground with her phone still in her hand on Tuesday at about 5:40 p.m., when most of her coworkers had gone home.

Xiao had two children. She was well known on sites including the Chinese version of TikTok, known as Douyin, for regularly sharing videos of her daily life and profession with her many followers, according to The Sun and other outlets.

Earlier this month, an influencer from Hong Kong reportedly died after falling from a waterfall while taking a picture. While standing near the waterfall on the Tsing Dai stream, Sophia Cheung slipped and plunged into a 16-foot-deep pool, The Daily Mail reported.

A Mexican fitness influencer also recently died after undergoing a botched medical procedure to treat excessive underarm sweating, according to reports. She suffered from a cardiac arrest while being anaesthetized, the New York Post reported.

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