Australian diplomat dies after fall from Lower East Side balcony
Australian diplomat dies after fall from Lower East Side balcony
Fairfax Media Global Voices Julian Simpson far right was Australia's second secretary to the United Nations
16 November, 2017, 02:21
An Australian diplomat has fallen to his death in NY after celebrating his country's historic same-sex marriage result.
Thirty-year-old Julian Simpson fell from the seventh-floor balcony of his apartment on Clinton Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side at approximately 1:35 a.m., New York Post reported citing police sources.
Witnesses told cops Simpson and his wife had been out with friends for dinner and drinks and upon returning home, went up to the roof to enjoy the view of the Empire State Building.
Out on his terrace, Simpson told the friend that he never meant to scare the man's wife.
The 'trust game' told sources led to the woman's 24 year old husband confronting Simpson over his swinging.
Simpson regularly represented Australia at United Nations events, recently travelling as part of a 55-member delegation to a sustainable urban development conference in Ecuador.
In 2016, Simpson was among a group of diplomats who spoke to Australian students at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in NY.
Fairfax Media Julian Simpson far right at a conference in Ecuador
His death is being treated as an accident.
Simpson then climbed up to a higher landing and was seen swinging a female friend around.
To prove to the husband that he could trust him, Simpson suggested playing the "trust game" - in which Simpson would lean back on the ledge and trust the man to catch him before he would fall.
"The family has requested privacy at this time", the spokesperson said.
While on the roof, the diplomat, who serves as the second secretary to the United Nations for Australia, then climbed to a higher roof landing where he began swinging a female friend around, sources said. The husband told police investigators that he extended his arm to catch Simpson, but he had slipped and fell several stories.
Investigators say foul play is not suspected, sources said.
A call to the Australian Consulate was not immediately returned.
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