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. DisgruntledGrrl

    Talk about failing at falling ... he jumps off the tallest building and doesn't even clear 40 floors. He was probably denied leave because he never completed projects.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phideauxe

    7 days later the noobs are still correcting Beckham! haha an epic troll, dude. YOU IDIOTS DON"T YOU UNDERSTAND HE WAS TROLLING?

    However, it is a proven scientific fact that if you drop a penny off the top of that building, it will drive right through someone's head on the ground. I saw it happen. Put a hole right through this guy's body, came out close to his rectum. Rectum? Damn near killed him.

    May 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Who Cares

    Wait what about skydiving? ... oh wait, look, the 50+ people above me all said that. Why am I compelled to reply as if I never looked at all those posts saying the same thing; as if my response is somehow original or relavent?

    May 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DaReaper

    Wow, here is a guy who actually threw himself to the ground.....and missed!

    best comment on this thread

    May 18, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Have you noticed that others don't share your high opinion of yourself? Question: Why?

      May 19, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ThatGuy

      I thought that was pretty funny actually! stop being so serious people

      May 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawg

      he screwed it up so bad that he wasnt even granted a due over

      May 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    Hmm maybe a nominee for the Darwin Award? like the planking morons?

    May 18, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      No Darwin award for this one.... just a sad man I guess.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. khan in usa

    if you are from Western countries, your passports does not get taken away, but if you are from one of the poor nation, you are a slave. Friggin Arabs!

    May 18, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Nominee for the Darwin Award anyone?

    May 18, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Not a Darwin candidate; this wasn't "acting stupid, and got killed." This was a sad man, who saw no other way out.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Awan A'Fuqya

    10 – 10 – 9.5 – 9.5 10 not quite a perfect dive but fairly impressive.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. VolFF

    Wow, so many comments posted after a troll. Sad to see. lol

    May 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. option #2

    "the man decided to commit suicide as his company refused to grant leave"

    or he could have just resigned...

    May 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ECot

    Amazed at the insensitive brutes that post here. Does anyone have any idea of who he was and why he jumped? It's not funny for a man to lose his life. What about his wife? Maybe she was giving birth to their child and he was not given leave. Maybe he could not quit and walk away because he was part of the forced labor team there.


    May 19, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. ECot

    shameful insensitive brutes all of you.

    May 19, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Erin

    What's the point in jumping from the world's tallest building, if you don't even make it down half of the floors.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. James

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

    May 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    The man was described as an Asian in his mid-30s.-–surprise! oh come on for denying him leave he took the final hall pass and wasnt coming back- definite 1000ways to die

    May 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
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