Image: Empire State Building sucide aftermath
Louis Lanzano  /  AP
Pedestrians look past the yellow police lines on the 34th street side of the Empire State Building following the death of a man who plunged from landmark building, Tuesday, March 30.
updated 3/30/2010 10:26:23 PM ET 2010-03-31T02:26:23

Authorities say a 21-year-old man plunged to his death in an apparent suicide jump off the Empire State Building during the evening rush hour.

Police say the man was dead when rescue workers arrived at the 102-story skyscraper shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities wouldn't immediately release his name or say from which floor he had jumped.

The Empire State Building is the third-tallest building in the United States. More than 30 people have committed suicide at the building since it opened in 1931.

Before Tuesday, the most recent was believed to have been in 2006, when a man jumped from a vacant office on the 66th floor.

The skyscraper reaches 1,454 feet to the top of its lightning rod.

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