LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that a man who fell 53 stories to his death at the Wilshire Grand Center skyscraper construction site a week ago committed suicide.
Thirty-six-year-old Joseph Sabbatino's father earlier told KABC-TV that his son struggled with depression and had been prescribed medication. Coroner's Lt. David Smith confirmed Thursday that the death was a suicide.
The 53rd level had a barricade to prevent falls, and the company issued a statement saying the incident was not work related.
The builder gave nearly 1,000 workers a day off after the incident.