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British daredevil who appeared in Hollywood blockbusters killed while attempting stunt in China

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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.

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.”

Phil added: “We had been mates for 38 years, we met on SAS selection then did commando course together and remained friends ever since.

“It was 34 years ago today we were at RAF Brize Norton doing our basic military parachute course.

“When I heard the news I phoned him and left him a message, it was something i just felt to do, i also sent him a text.

Phil added: “We had been mates for 38 years, we met on SAS selection then did commando course together and remained friends ever since.

“It was 34 years ago today we were at RAF Brize Norton doing our basic military parachute course.

“When I heard the news I phoned him and left him a message, it was something i just felt to do, i also sent him a text.

Chris Clarke added: “Extremely shocked that a very good friend of mine has been killed in China in an accident.

“Steve Truglia – Lived life to the full and an example to everyone about what you can do if you put your mind to it.

“Told me to stop whining about learning left handed bass and get on with it – he taught himself classical piano which summed him up – don’t know how he found the hours in a day.

“Really tragic – Im really shocked – but thanks Steve for being an inspirational figure for me.”

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