Disturbing footage has emerged of a spiritual leader accidentally boiling himself alive in a giant steamer.

Lim Ba, a 65-year-old Taoist guru, climbed inside the large steel capsule – heated on boiling water – on Monday at 10pm, outside the Kuala Sanglang Qinglong temple in Ayer Tawar, Malaysia.

He apparently pulled the stunt to show off his phsyical endurance to his followers, and had managed to pull it off a number of times before.

However, after 30 minutes the devotees heard frantic banging coming from inside the pan. By the time they managed to get him out, he was unconscious.

Lim was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead of a heart attack soon afterwards. He had also suffered second-degree burns.

His devastated son Kang Huai, 32, said the family had pleaded with Lim to stop performing the stunt – in which food was cooked next to him – but he always refused.

The sounds coming from inside the wok were not regular and not normal so we knew there was something wrong,’ he said.

‘By the time the ambulance arrived, my father had stopped breathing. He underwent a heart bypass last year due to on-and-off breathing difficulties.

‘My mother Chang Siew Hong, my sisters and I are very sad. Our cheerful father has left us forever.’

Lim had mastered the stunt over the last decade, and his personal record was 75 minutes in the steamer.

But his daughter Wei Ling, 37, said that her dad had been feeling unwell on the drive to the temple and had ‘lost his appetite’.

‘He went ahead with the entertainment for his fans,’ she said. ‘He was happy to see them and to see that they loved him.’

The temple has now cancelled all entertainment as a mark of respect for Lim Ba.

Taoist officials said the steaming ritual was ‘not mainstream’, but was more of a ‘magic performance’.

Source : metro.co.uk