This is the harrowing moment a psychic medium accidentally boils himself alive after 30 minutes in a giant STEAMER.
Eccentric Taoist guru Lim Ba, 65, climbed inside the steel wok over boiling water on Monday at 10pm to prove his ‘’physical endurance’’ to followers.
But onlookers heard frantic knocks coming from inside the pan after 30 minutes and pulled Lim out unconscious in Kuala Sanglang, Malaysia.
Footage shows devotees in white suits desperately pulling Lim from the wok as she shakes in pain and fire rages below him.
The cult leader was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later from a suspected heart attack. He had also suffered second degree burns.
Devastated son Kang Huai, 32, said the family had pleaded with him to stop the bizarre ritual – in which FOOD was also cooked next to him – but he always refused.
Kang said: ‘’The sounds coming from inside the wok were not regular and not normal so we knew there was something wrong.
”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 Ch’ng 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 record was 75 minutes in the steam.
It’s now known why he failed at the latest routine steaming in front of hundreds of followers at a Kuala Sanglang Qinglong temple in the town of Ayer Tawar.
Daught Wei Ling, 37, said her father had been feeling unwell on the drive to to the temple and had ‘’lost his appetite’’.
She added: ‘’He went ahead with the entertainment for his fans. He was happy to see them and they loved him.”
The temple has now cancelled all entertainment as a mark of respect to the medium.
Taoist officials said the steaming ritual was ‘’not mainstream’’ but more of a ‘’magic performance’’.
Federation of Taoist Associations of Malaysia president Tan Hoe Chioew said: ”This steaming man ritual is rarely performed, and I dare not comment on what preparations are needed before you perform this. In general it is not advisable.’’