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. zbeast

    I would guess now's a good time to ask for vacation at the company this guy worked for.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    Dam poor guy couldn't even get that right

    May 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sharky

    If you're gonna do it, you might as well do it right. Cowabunga, dude!

    May 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CDb

    Just once I want someone to try to put one of those winged jumpsuits on and try to glide down. It might work.... Just as long as you start to pitch up before you hit the ground.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. db

    I wonder when the first person will do the freebase sky dive WITH a parachute from that tower.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Facts

      It has been done already. Just check the internet.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • neo

      It's been done. Google put the end to wondering over a decade ago.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Deech

    Dr. Innit needs better meds...

    May 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Science

      Agreed, no sense of humor, off with his head!

      May 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kate

    I suppose you think you're funny but you're really just a racist pig. By the way, if you would have read the article clearly, you would have read that the man was Asian.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Newtechie

    It's not the fall that'll kill ya... it's the collision with the ground!

    Oh yeahhhhhhh................

    May 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      or a collision with a deck on the 108th floor

      May 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kate

    The difference between a liberal and conservative is that a liberal wants what's best for the greater good and the conservative wants only what's best for themselves.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      True....Like it...

      May 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      What does that have to do with a story about a man jumping from a building?

      May 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • TypicalDummy

      or...the difference between liberals and conservatives is, liberals think they know better than the law, so they try to mess with the sauce. Conservatives tryust that things are the way they are for an ultimately good reason, and want to stay the course. I am neither, that's just the way I see it. Liberals want to change the system...why? Because it doesnt work for them. To point at someone whom it is currently working for, and say that person is selfish because the status quo hurts's the same thing when you change the system to help whoever you have in mind, it hurts others. The liberal believes he has some kind of uniquely more intelligent idea and therefore it tips the balance and makes him right.

      May 11, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian2538

      Kate, you left this out. probably by accident. "want liberal wants what's best for the greater good" with someone elses money. You also need to be corrected. conservatiives want to live on less money than they earn.

      May 11, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Nottaworkaholic

      True dat!

      May 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony Atlas

    Kate – If you looked at a map you'd clearly see that Dubai/Arabia is in Asia. Next!

    May 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sanjeev

    this is because of their modern day slavery.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sanjeev

    hey watchman, stop the racism, and go work at your minimum wage.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marie

    What a way to go...

    May 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    Wait Tony. You mean SouthWest Asia actually includes Asia?

    May 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kate

    Tony, I know my geography but apparently you have a problem with comprehension. No Asian flew into the Twin Towers. It clearly stated in the article the man was Asian. The original comment was posted about Arabs.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Assuming that the hijackers were from Iraq, Afghanistan then technically yes they are in fact Asian.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Steve, a man is dead, someone is posting horrible, racist comments and you're worrying about geography? Shame on you.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LisaBrennan

      Someone killed himself you mongrels.....Kate's posting was the only one I saw with the grace and reverence that all the rest of you could not seem to muster. Its all about you and your science and your atom facts and trying to make a buck off of this, Insurance Man, and all of your fat HAPPY A$$ES. My sympathy is with the man who jumped and to pray for peace for his soul. How he must have felt just before he jumped. And with his family. I am sorry for these other posts.

      May 12, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Why should we have sympathy for this man? He got what he wanted. He's dead. If it was just for attention I guess he miscalculated. I have no sympathy for those who take the cowards way out and kill themselves. I would rather celebrate those who bring it back from the brink as a survivor of whatever they were going through. I'll save my energy for that.

      May 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just saying...

      I think people feel sorry for him because most health professionals will tell you that suicide is ussually the final symptom of a serious mental illness such as depression. Saying you are a coward because you suffer from an illness, is like calling someone a coward for having cancer or a heart condition.

      May 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annoyed

      Get over yourself, people have mental illnesses like bipolar, anxiety and depression that may lead them to finally commit suicide. It doesn't make them cowards although it is a tragedy for everyone involved. So again, get over yourself.

      May 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles bowen

      WOW! One cold hearted woman we or should i say most of us have our limits as to what we can take were not all Rambos like you. Cold Cold Cold. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

      May 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryInBoise

      Thank you. My maternal grandmother and an uncle both committed suicide, and whenever I see people making fun of a tragedy like this, it infuriates me. Of course, those who haven't suffered the pain of being a survivor and who can make anonymous comments on the internet have no clue. I'm glad some of us, like you, do.

      May 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Been there. Understand, and agree....

      May 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tapuhere

      Just want to say–I got it. I doubt those self-important mo rons will reread for comprehension, though.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
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