A British daredevil who appeared in a string of blockbuster films has been killed while attempting a stunt in China. Stuntman Steve Truglia had been trying to break the world record for a 100 metre speed abseil from a helicopter when the accident happened, witnesses claimed.
The 54-year-old featured in movies including Saving Private Ryan, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Long-term friend Phil Tunnicliffe said: “Steve held the record for the fastest 100 metre abseil down a static object, which he did at Centre Point. He was then contacted by a company in China who wanted him to take part in a stunt where he would abseil from a helicopter and something has gone tragically wrong, resulting in Steve’s death.”
The former special forces soldier from Wanstead, east London, served in the military for 20 years, spending time in the SAS, SBS and Royal Marines before becoming a stuntman.