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Man jumps from Empire State Building

A man jumped out the window of a law office on the 69th floor of the Empire State Building on Friday and fell to his death, police said.
Empire State Jumper
A police officer secures the area around where a man jumped to his death Friday from the Empire State Building in New York. Bebeto Matthews / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

A man jumped to his death Friday out the window of a 69th-floor law office in the Empire State Building.

Police responded to the New York City landmark shortly before 3 p.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing a severed leg — covered in a gray sock — on the street below. The rest of the body was recovered from a setback on the 30th floor.

The tragedy in the 102-story building closed portions of the busy Midtown Manhattan street while the investigation continued.

Police identified the man as Moshe Kanovsky, a lawyer in his 30s.

More than 30 people have committed suicide at the Empire State Building since it opened in 1931, including a 21-year-old man in February 2006. The skyscraper reaches 1,454 feet to the top of its lightning rod.