Man Leaps to Death From Empire State Building
Body shattered, sneakers scattered
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2010 3:05 AM CDT
Updated Mar 31, 2010 6:16 AM CDT
Fog mutes the top of the Empire State Building.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – A 21-year-old man scaled a 10-foot-high fence on the observation deck of the Empires State Building last evening and thudded to the ground 86 floors below in front of horrified onlookers. "It was an explosion," a witness told the New York Daily News. "His body was shattered and his sneakers were scattered on the sidewalk." One pedestrian ran to cover the body with an umbrella. The jumper has not yet been identified. Some 30 people have leaped to their death from the landmark since it was built in 1931.

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Sep 3, 2010 8:39 AM CDT
21 years old, my word, what could be so bad to make a 21 year old do this. I can understand 40 year olds with a lifetime of regret and baggage but 21?? 21 is like the new 12.
Mar 31, 2010 10:32 PM CDT
Suicide......A permanant solution to a temporary problem.
Mar 31, 2010 7:31 PM CDT
He was just a kid, with a whole life ahead of him. This is so sad. My prayers and thoughts to the family and friends who have to face this terrible tragedy.