Siliguri: Sailen Nath Roy, who had made his way to the Guinness Book of World records for his stunts, died on Sunday while performing a rope stunt over Teesta river at Sevoke near Siliguri.
Roy (45) was crossing the turbulent river by hanging from a pulley tied to his ponytail this afternoon. The tragedy took place when the pulley got stuck and he could not move it despite attempts.
The people helplessly watched him dying as he hung mid-air from the rope unable to move, the police said, adding, there were no safety measures in place.
Roy was later pulled to the shore by the onlookers and the doctors declared him dead.
The doctors said that Roy had died of cardiac arrest while hanging from the rope over the river.
A pall of gloom descended on the town as Roy, a police driver, was a resident of Milan Pally here.
He entered the Guinness Book by pulling the heritage Darjeeling Himalayan toy train in September 2012.