Man, 21, Dies in Empire State Building Jump

A man jumped to his death from the Empire State Building after buying a ticket to its observation deck, police said Thursday.

Police identified the victim as Dovid Abramowitz, 21, of Manhattan.

Abramowitz jumped from a vacant office on the 66th floor of the 102-story building in midtown Manhattan at around 3 p.m. Wednesday, said police spokesman Lt. John Grimpel. His body was discovered on a sixth-floor landing of the Fifth Avenue building, one of New York's key tourist destinations.

Abramowitz did not work in the building and obtained entry by buying a ticket to the 86th-floor observation deck, said Detective John Sweeney, another police department spokesman.

Sweeney did not know how the man got down to the 66th floor without a company-issued pass. Police also had no information on whether a suicide note was left behind.

More than 30 people have committed suicide at the Empire State Building since it opened in 1931. The most recent is believed to have been in 2004, when a man jumped from the observation deck.