Yes, it is his choice, but it could also be his needless funeral.
Nobody can force someone else's decision; we can only recommend.
I recommend following the advice I once received from Lester Lake:
"Die for your audience every night, but get up fresh the next morning."
In other words, make each stunt look horrendously difficult or dangerous, but make it as safe as possible; the less REAL danger, the better.
Lake performed some impressive, but relatively safe, 'death stunts' in his career, and lived into his '80s.
I've done water escapes, strangle ties, suffocation traps, Iron Maiden and other vicious-looking things...safely...and have recently celebrated my 49th birthday.
As Norman Bigelow once said (paraphrased): "Famous performers are those who are around for a long time to garner fame. Flash-in-the-pan performers who die young for their art, get a quick 'tragedy' mention in the press, and are then forgotten."
Be safe. Live long. Have plenty of time to enjoy what you do.
Dr. Stephen Midnight
nicely said, i am the same, i perform "dangerous" escapes, and make sure that there is little or no risk to me. only a few i perform do i risk my health in some fashion. and even then i have people on stand by, a medical team or a team of fire men.