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. owlvan

    so was his leave granted?

    May 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SF

    what a sad story...even sadder to read all the ignorant non compassionate comments on this blog...

    May 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      No - the story is sadder. Posters who lack compassion are the norm.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GOP man

    Wow there are a lot of inconsiderate people on this site. I'll be praying for this mans family to receive some kind of comfort and heal quickly.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. innit

    @Mr. Science:
    You are an idiot.
    @Bruce:
    The headline at the top of the story, moron.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TrudyBird

    Obviously the man had serious problems. Too bad he had to take his life by jumping off the world's tallest building. Was it attention he wanted? He got it, but isn't alive to appreciate it. A few months ago I was talking to one of my oldest friends that is an architect. He had mentioned that buildings must stick to a strick code when considering the safety of it's occupants. To noitice a danger and not reported could get an architect in big trouble. I suppose if a person wanted to die badly enough, they'd find a way no matter what. Did this great building not have barriers to prevent the draw of suicidal individuals? Just how hard did this man have to work to kill himself?

    May 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. reality

    He was thrown off cuz if he wanted to die im sure he would have picked a better death

    May 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greedo

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

    Approved! Approved!..... darn...

    May 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AsianMan

      If the reason is true, she could choose to leave the company rather than kill himself?

      May 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. innit

    Dr. Innit says Mr. Science needs to go take his meds.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Will

    I believe I can flyyyyyyyyy... oops guess I was wrong lol.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. publius enigma

    He only made it 39 floors so it doesnt count. Next!

    May 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Finally Needed

    THanks all – needed the laugh today...

    May 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. innit

    Who is Derek Jetah, Mr. Science? Is that one of your imaginary friends?

    May 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Science

      A joke is not funny when one has to explain the punch-line.
      You my friend missed the humor.
      For the record, I have no friends real or imagined.
      Good day sir, please drive through!

      May 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. publius enigma

    It wasnt suicide. He knew the real location of OBL.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. innit

    @pubius enema:
    Shut up!

    May 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sarah

    To all of the people who think it's funny to joke about suicide, may no one close to you ever commit suicide.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
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