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. Dance

    I guess you could say his grand exit fell short... *puts on sunglasses*

    I feel like a horrible person now.

    May 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffrey

      That's amazing. I laughed so hard.

      May 13, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jubbah

    This highlights the plight of millions of underpaid, overworked and abused Asian workers not just in Dubai, but all over the Gulf. They live in squalid conditions and must wait years to see their families, including new borns.
    They are liittle more than slaves.

    May the gentleman rest in peace and may his family find comfort somewhere.

    May 13, 2011 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rick

    Its been said that when you commit suicide by jumping off a building, on the way down you suddenly achieve complete clarity of mind, and realize that you want to live. Of course its too late at that point.

    May 13, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • budgiegirl

      And exactly who has lived to relate that experience?

      May 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey I.

      Hey budgiegirl, be a little more respectful when addressing Rick; if he gets mad, he might haunt you! 🙂

      May 14, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Budgiegirl, Kevin Hines..Golden Gate Bridge jumper.

      May 14, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      @James There was a girl about 20 years ago who jumped twice off the Golden Gate and succeeded on the 2nd attempt. Clearly she didn't have that moment clarity.

      May 14, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Dela Rosa

      go have your moment of clarity. Thank you and have a good day!

      May 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vegan

      budgiegirl, there have been a couple of bridge jumpers that have lived, that have had this experience.

      May 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brozik

    Hey people, it is not "breathed" it is "brothe". I breath I brothe. O brother why I bother Speak English please.

    May 13, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      "brothe" is not a word you tool...
      Perhaps you shouldn't bother to speak English...

      May 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brozik 2.0

      Brozik, you are stupid, that is all.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • u4realcnn

      They don't have spell check on these sites so you can halft somthin 2 do!

      May 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. VoiceOfReason

    I'm sorry, but... If you're gonna try something as impressive as jumping to your death from the tallest thing constructed since the Dawn of Man, you have to AT LEAST make it all the way down!

    (That's first time I've that building. Pretty awesome...)

    May 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Hearing that big time

      May 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Constance Oneill, 06385,

    RIP, he accomplished his goal, a permanent leave. Or did he just know too much and was actually murdered?

    May 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron Paul

      This gentleman stumbled upon the keys to the janitor's room. What her saw when he entered the room could not be unseen.

      May 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |


    May 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WR


    May 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jameson

    If you're determined to commit suicide by jumping off the worlds tallest building at least jump from the top.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • u4realcnn

      It cost to much to go to the top. He took the economical location

      May 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big Dick

    Please, Can All of You STFU !

    May 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. itSimple

    I don't believe many here understood the story, the reality is that a person took this act of desperation because he's under contract as a cheap labor- thanks to Dubai's development. Hmmm, can you say Foxxcon?

    May 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. budgiegirl

    i guess a 39 story building would have sufficed.

    May 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    The tragedy of only making it 29 stories before dying is made better by CNN's coverage of your suicide.

    May 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dismay

    It's about time people understand how these Arabian peninsula countries exploit foreign workers like this person who killed himself because his employer wouldn't grant him leave. In other words, he tried to get some freedom from modern day slavery.

    May 14, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Stosh

    It's tragic that he only fell 39 stories. Even in suicide he was a failure.

    May 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
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