James Bond Stuntman Dies After Falling 300ft From A Helicopter In China. Pictured

A James Bond stuntman and former SAS hero has been killed after falling 300 feet from a helicopter in an abseil race. Steve Truglia, from East London, died on Thursday after the abseil stunt in Chongqing, southwest China, went wrong.

The 54-year-old - who once described being a stuntman as the 'best job in the world' - won awards in parachuting and mountaineering and held the world record for the fastest 100m abseil.

He also appeared in James Bond movies Tomorrow Never Dies and the World Is Not Enough, as well as Hollywood classics such as Saving Private Ryan.

Friends said Mr Truglia and another stuntman were meant to be abseiling from the helicopter at the same time.

Hours before his death, he had raised concerns it might not be big enough to take their combined weight, according to the Sun. 

Reports have it that the organisers and authorities in China were providing help and assistance in repatriating Mr Truglia's body to the UK. 

Mr Truglia's girlfriend was informed of his death via a text message from a Chinese woman.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: 'We have offered assistance to the family of a British national who has sadly died in Chongqing, China. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.'

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