An Australian diplomat plunged to his death from a Manhattan roof early Wednesday, according to The New York Post.
The Post on Wednesday reported that Julian Simpson, 30, plummeted after playing a “trust game” with another man following an evening of drinking with friends.
Sources told The Post that Simpson fell from the seventh floor of the building at 19 Clinton St. on New York City’s Lower East Side.
Simpson lived at the building, and he ultimately landed on a second-floor terrace around 1:35 a.m. local time Wednesday morning.
Witnesses told police that Simpson and his wife had been enjoying dinner and drinks with friends before they returned home.
The group then went up to the roof to enjoy a glimpse of the Empire State Building, The Post’s sources continued.
Simpson, who served as Australia’s second secretary to the United Nations (U.N.), then began swinging a female friend around.
The woman’s husband next confronted Simpson over his behavior once the diplomat returned inside.
The Post’s sources said that Simpson offered playing the “trust game” to the husband to prove to the other man that he could trust him.
Simpson would lean back on the ledge and trust the husband to catch him before he slipped off.
The man told investigators that he put his arm out to catch Simpson once the latter climbed onto the ledge and started leaning back.
Simpson ultimately stumbled and dropped off the roof, according to sources, leading to his death.
The Post’s sources also noted that investigators say foul play is not suspected in the tragic incident.
The people involved who were interviewed by police all admitted to drinking alcohol before the incident, they added, and cops reported a strong smell of alcohol on those present.