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. beckham

    Like i said....during the fall, the air around you is so quick that it will suck the air out of your lungs because the building next to it creates a vortex of sorts and this is different from free falling in the middle of nowhere....tards..

    June 1, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • christy

      I do base jumping and still did not reach a vortex yet. Also free falling, but not more than 85 ft so far.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • anthony

      your stupid, have you ever base jumped off a building? there is no vortex you stupid, F#$#

      June 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom J

    He died a lot sooner than he thought he would.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. rumncokes

    I give the guy a 10 out of 10 for a tuck then spin then dive.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. christy

    this would have crashed youtube if it was filmed ! (no pun intended). But this gives me a good idea for a new business ! I'm gonna start christyTV -tube- or whatever !

    June 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. christy

    reading this is more entertaining than watching FOX news !

    June 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. seppe


    June 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dalethorn

    You wouldn't want that guy planning your wedding – he would screw up the arrangements completely. For example, just looking at the photo of the building and calculating the total width (common knowledge), you can see that where he jumped off there are lower floors that stick out far enough that you'd need to be an Olympic broad jumper to clear them. He would have had better luck with the Twin Towers, but then, they fell down even faster than freefall speed, so he probably wouldn't have been able to catch any of the floors on the way down. Just disappear into the muck of the "melted" structure, with nobody to witness your demise. Funny too, all those people standing at the windows and talking inside on their cellphones, while the temperatures inside were supposed to be 2000 or more degrees, hot enough to melt steel. And zero(!) resistance to the collapse. Better than a superconductor. That's why people can't figure this stuff out today, because the laws of physics don't apply to the 9/11 structures.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Dude

    June 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Dude

    What happen to the days when people just killed their boss?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. weez

    permanent vacation. god bless!

    June 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nonPCrealist

    Soooo close to being epic.. but it fell flat.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • scottprob

      It's not such a big deal until someone in your family commits the act!

      June 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bumcheek7

      He got his leave of absence – he showed them !!!

      June 4, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      The guy was just showing off. He just wanted to set a record for the longest free-fall shouting of "Holy Sh**!!!!!!!!!!!"

      June 9, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan Healy

    That's what is supposed to happen, DUH!

    June 2, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    Good. One less nut for the world to feed.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Sensory

      Idiot. He was likely trying to feed himself and his family. Dubai was and is being built by indonesian and indian slaves. They are lured to Dubai and promised work only to have their passports confiscated, forced to live in refugee camps, and trapped, never to return home. The UAE kingdom is a racist bunch of elitists whose children are educated in the US and live lives unlike anyone else in the world, with diamond-encrusted cars, harims and god knows what else.

      June 5, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dicky

    He was a slave. Slavery is alive and well in Dubai.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. 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 |
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