updated 1/13/2008 2:21:30 PM ET 2008-01-13T19:21:30

Heavy drinking may have led to a man's death at a shopping mall in Hollywood Saturday night.

Authorities say the man was trying to slide down the banister of an escalator when he lost his balance and plunged several stories onto another escalator below.

The victim's friends told officials investigating the Saturday night incident at the Hollywood and Highland Center that the man "had been drinking quite a bit," said Los Angeles police Officer J. Boyer.

Boyer said the man lost his balance and plunged several stories onto the steps of a moving lower-level escalator.

The man was not identified. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead from a head injury.

The Hollywood and Highland Center also holds the Kodak Theater, where the Academy Awards are held.

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