Australian diplomat dies in new York building fall

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An Australian diplomat has died when falling from a brand new york city balcony while coming together with friends.

Julian Simpson, 30, accidentally slipped from a seventh-floor ledge of his Manhattan building and fell to a landing on the second floor, ny police said.

US media report he was enjoying a “trust game” with a friend before he fell.

Mr Simpson was a junior diplomat representing Australia at the united nations.

Police were called to the scene about 01:00 local time on Wed (06:00 GMT). Mr Simpson was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Australian envoy had been out together with his wife and friends when they returned home to view the Empire State Building, which was lit up to celebrate Australia’s same-sex marriage vote result, police said.

An NYPD spokesperson wouldn’t ensure reports that he was playing a “trust” game that involved putting himself in danger and relying on one among his guests to catch him.

“He’s delineate as someone who liked to play games and had sat on the balcony railing and accidentally lost his balance,” Martin Brown said.

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull known as the accident a “shocking tragedy”.

“Our hearts go out to his family but I cannot provide from now on details at this stage,” he told the local Seven Network.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was saddened by the death of Mr Simpson, who she had met recently in new york.

“Julian was a diligent, professional and extremely skilled diplomat, whose support I valued, throughout United Nations Leaders’ Week,” she said.

Mr Simpson had been within the North American country for 2 years.

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