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. Dawg

    2 things one does anyoneover there have this on film and two can you imagine who he fired up when he landed on the deck and it was closed off for the rest of the day

    May 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Doug

    Well, it nothing else he got the leave he wanted... How sad... !

    May 20, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. BBouler

    Holds the record for most floors. The old record was 110 floors in World Trade Center towers 1 and 2 – but that was before members of the "peace loving and non-violent religion" of islam decided to bring them both down and murder as many innocent people as possible. So, did these same people make their tower airplane-proof? I bet they did.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. rick

    If he had strapped on a parachute, he would have been a hero to the extreme base jumpers society!

    May 20, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Life

      I hope everyone has a nice day tomorrow.

      May 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nfcbear54

    At least he made it down 39 floors...I would have landed on the next floor or two down and just crippled myself. I don't get brutal suicides like this, if I was going to commit suicide it would be a nice peaceful sleep with lots of pills.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • wilson

      Brutal? It would be like floating on a cloud of air... then nothing cause you would die instantly. He didn't feel a thing.

      May 22, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. bonbon

    take that big company that wouldn't grant leave ....

    May 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dark Poet

    Raven... The world just got a bit dumber reading your post... I don't see him "running out of air" before he died UNLESS he screamed and held his breath.. either way when a person wants to kill them self they are going to do it no matter what. When someone makes that decision to do such a thing its near impossible to get them to change their mind. Wait for that woman in China who got dumped right before her wedding to be next!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joe

    you guys are sick..... think this is what "civilization" has become. Whoever this kid is and whatever his reason was, hope he is at peace now.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      He's not at peace, HE'S DEAD!!!!

      May 22, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
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    May 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    He didn't die from the jump. He died when he hit the platform.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jeannie 807

    So sorry to hear of this. The Burj is one of the most beautiful buildings on the planet. The design is elegant and clean. I've been up to the top of this building and was stunned by the views.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wilson

    Well, it looks like he got his leave.

    May 22, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. wilson

    If I did that, I would try flapping my arms to see if I could actually fly. I'd figure I have nothing else to lose, so why not?

    May 22, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. plm

    Amazing the number of bugs that crawl out of their hiding places when you can post without registering.

    May 22, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. BigPoppaPump

    You watch, somebody will fly a plane or two into that thing.

    May 23, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
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