Chinese TikTok star, Xiao Qiumei, died Tuesday while recording a video for her social media account. The 23-year-old influencer, who goes by Xiaoqiumei, was working as a crane operator when she tragically fell more than 160 feet.
While working as a crane operator, Qiumei built a successful career as a social media influencer, garnering more than 100,000 followers. She regularly shared videos of her daily life, which focused on the experiences she had on the job. Her social media account, Xiaoqiumei, had many videos of Qiumei operating huge cranes usually while adding funny dances.
Her last video, which The Sun obtained from local Chinese news outlets, shows the fateful moments leading up to the influencer’s tragic plunge. The video begins with Xiao Qiumei filming herself while operating the large crane. The video cuts from Qiumei using a snow filter to the influencer dancing while inside the crane.
After she finishes dancing, the video cuts to the horrifying moment that Xiao Qiumei plunges 160 feet to her death. It isn’t clear if the influencer left the video on by accident or if she was still in the process of filming her TikTok when she slipped and fell from the terrifying height.
According to her family, Xiao Qiumei was a professional crane operator and would not have been filming herself while on the job. Her family explained that Xiaoqiumei would have kept her phone in her bag during work hours. They said she missed a step while making her descent from the crane, which resulted in her tragic fall.
Witnesses who saw Qiumei claimed she did have her phone in her hand while exiting the crane. Though most of her co-workers had left the site in Quzhou – a city in western China’s Zhejiang Province – some were around when Xiaoqiumei died. They claimed she was walking down the steps with her phone when she slipped around 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday.
Xiao Qiumei’s funeral and cremation services have already been completed, according to local news outlets. Her ashes were placed on a small table under an umbrella as cultural traditions demand.
Qiumei was popular on social media because of her unique image. Viewers found Xiaoqiumei’s content engaging because she did not fit the stereotypical image of a crane operator. Instead, she was petite and beautiful, looking younger than her age. The 23-year-old was a mother of two children.
The recent tragedy is similar to the death of Sophia Cheung, an Instagram influencer who slipped while snapping a risky photo near a waterfall. The Chinese model was known for being a daredevil and her feed showed dozens of photos taken in risky places. Cheung fell while taking a selfie in Ha Pak Lai park.
Sophia Cheung was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. It’s unclear what specific injuries the model sustained, and police have not released information regarding her cause of death. It is speculated that the impact from the drop into the 16-foot pool is what ended her life.
The Instagram influencer had 13,000 followers on Instagram. In her bio, she described herself as an explorer, who loved hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. She concluded her bio with the phrase, “life should be fun not dumb,” which was the motto that inspired most of her Instagram content.