Ambassador's Daughter Dead in High-Rise Fall

Nicole John, 17, fell from ledge after night of drinking
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2010 12:59 PM CDT
US Ambassador to Thailand Eric John listens reporter's question during a press conference in Bangkok on Thursday Sept. 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

(Newser) – The 17-year-old daughter of the US ambassador to Thailand is dead after an apparently accidental fall from a New York City high-rise. Nicole John, 17, took off her shoes and walked onto a 25th-story ledge around 4:15am, possibly to take a picture. She, and her camera, landed on the third-floor overhang, police tell the New York Daily News. She was partying in the apartment with a group of people after spending the evening at a fancy nightclub.

“They'd been drinking,” says the building engineer who saw the group come in; cops say the apartment had been cleared of alcohol when officers arrived. John, daughter of Eric John, graduated from Bangkok’s International School and was set to attend Parsons School of Design. The 25-year-old who lives in the apartment she fell from was charged with unlawfully giving alcohol to John, who had a fake Brazilian ID and may not have even known him prior to that night.

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