An investment banker jumps to his death from the window of his New York City luxury apartment, and the incident is now making headlines. According to Fox News, the man's death happened around 10:40 a.m. on Thursday morning.
The man plunged from the 24th story window of his apartment at 1 West St., and he landed on the guardrail of the Battery Park Overpass. He has been identified by the New York Daily News as Thomas Hughes, a 29-year-old investment banker, who was said to be on drugs and dealing with stress from work.
His landing shocked several people at the location. However, others used the man's death as an opportunity to snap a few photos with their cell phones and cameras.
Hans Peler, the manager of the parking garage at the location, spoke with the media about the incident. He revealed that there were "body parts all over the floor" at the location, according to Scallywag & Vagabond.
"I went outside, and the woman in the car was screaming, 'I didn't know where he came from!' It happened right in front of our guy who waves cars in with the flag. He was so shaken up, I told him to go home."
Pictured: Investment banker, 29, who leapt to his death from luxury NY apartment http://t.co/wQc0aKDWap pic.twitter.com/Xunh67cnsWThomas' father has already spoken about his son's death with the media. He shared about his son's demeanor and emotional state before the incident, according to Daily Mail.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) May 29, 2015
"Naturally this is a complete surprise to us. We are devastated. 'Thomas was a happy, jovial, successful, good looking, very sociable individual. The only explanation is that I know he's been working very hard and has been under a lot of pressure. His work did not leave much time for enjoyment but that's the nature of the assignment that he chose. I also know that sometimes when one is in that environment you can turn to alcohol or other types of drugs... at a time when he was under stress he probably resorted to illegal drugs, causing this incredibly poor judgement, is probably the best I can say. He must have had some problems that I was not privy to."Reports have stated that on the morning of his death, Thomas tried to kill himself at least one other time. He had slit his wrists, but that did not end his life. It was around 10:30 a.m. that he took some pills and sat on the ledge of the window of his apartment.
Hughes worked as an investment banker for Moelis & Co. at the time of his death.
The company released a statement on Friday, saying, "[We are] saddened by the news of Tom's death and send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time. Tom was a talented and valued team member and a positive force in our firm. He will be greatly missed."
Police are investigating the reasons behind Thomas Hughes taking his life. The police found several bags of cocaine in his apartment when they searched the man's home.
Battery Place near the Tunnel is jammed. Jumper down at 17 Battery Pl @NYPD on scene @NYDailyNews pic.twitter.com/jEa6zm8YD1Frank Rodriguez, a handyman who worked at a location near the incident, shared his own thoughts about what happened to Thomas Hughes on Thursday, according to the New York Post. Many that learn of this man's death likely share his sentiment.
— Todd Maisel (@ToddMaisel) May 28, 2015
"The head hit the railing. . . Half his head is on one side of the railing, half on the other. It's never worth this... Life is too precious."According to a previous Inquisitr report on this incident, a study revealed that investment banking is one of the most stressful jobs a person can have. Roy Cohen shared this about the profession and the grueling hours involved.
"The life of a junior banker is one of the last forms of legalized slavery… It is a grueling survival of the fittest existence defined by all-nighters, no time to eat well or to exercise, and compensation that has remained flat for a number of years."The Daily Mail reported that Thomas' death is the 12th death by suicide of someone who worked in the finance industry this year. Thomas' death is only putting a spotlight on the stressful conditions investment bankers work under.
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