Man dies in jump from world's tallest building
The Burj Khalifa towers above the Dubai skyline.
May 10th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

Man dies in jump from world's tallest building

A man committed suicide Tuesday by jumping off the 147th floor of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The man landed on a deck on the 108th floor of the 160-story structure, according to news reports from Dubai.

Dubai police confirmed the suicide, according to a report posted by The Gulf Today.

The man was described as an Asian in his mid-30s.

"The deceased works at one of the companies located at Burj Khalifa itself. We also came to know that the man decided to commit suicide as his company refused to grant  leave," a police official told The Gulf Today.

The Burj Khalifa is 2,716.5 feet tall and is the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It officially opened in 2010.

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  1. Jay

    Not a big surprise, sadly. Despite the material wealth Dubai is a pretty messed-up place to live.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. tim

    I refuse to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death. SKYDIVE!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Bob

    Um.... well now i guess the janitors are not going to have to worry about getting out of a job it'll take em days to clean up all the blood and crap.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Duncan Hunter

    MaryInBoise: Too bad your mother didn't commit suicide before you were born as it would have spared a lifetime worth of oxygen wasted.
    In a perfect world, suicide would be promoted, encouraged, and even subsidized by the government.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. postingoncnnblog

    For shame, a man is dead and most of these comments are trolling or debates on skydiving! Show come compassion for the loved ones affected by this tragedy and remember that karma has a way of coming back to you.

    June 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. madmonq

    I wonder if he yelled "Firsties!' all the way down.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. NH

    The building looks like the Citadel from Half-Life 2.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. henmN

    I dont believe this man made suicide b/se of simple reason...This is happening in all gulf countries(Especially in Qatar) due to the slavery sponsorship system,,,more victims ahead.SAD!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. g-dub

    why doesnt oprah jump? do us all a favor...arghhh.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alan

      Love your idea. However, Oprah could suddenly lose tonnage on the way down and simply pierce the ground, leaving her upper body to be punched around like a clown. On the other hand, with her apparent displacement the equivalent of the U.S.S. Hornet, she could blast a crater the size of Wyoming and then write a book about it.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Colleen

      I TOTALLY agree!!!!!!!!!

      June 9, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. dsff

    wow

    June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Lou Cypher

    Oops.

    June 9, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. alumette

    This man was extremely frustrated and hopeless and he felt like making a statement. Maybe he was part of the construction of this majestic building and he was not properly compensated. Imagine that?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. JKoch

    It is not slavery, it is economic freedom! Don't you stinky communists understand?

    September 29, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Denny

    Superb post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Appreciate it!

    July 7, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
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