Chinan diplomat falls to his death from Manhattan balcony

An n diplomat has fallen to his death from a Manhattan balcony after a night out with his wife and friends.

Julian Simpson, 30, died when he slipped over a railing at his Lower East Side apartment just after 1.40am, a New York Police Department spokesman confirmed to Fairfax Media.

He was ‘s second secretary to the United Nations and based in ‘s permanent mission to the United States in New York.

The NYPD spokesman said a group of about 10 people had gathered at Mr Simpson and his wife’s apartment at 19 Clinton Street after a night out for dinner and drinks.

“Upon investigation, it was determined that … he sat on the balcony railing and lost his balance and fell off,” the spokesman said.

“No criminality is suspected at this time and the investigation is ongoing.”

He said Mr Simpson’s wife and other members of the group had been interviewed through the night and into the morning.

Police have been told by members of the group that Mr Simpson may have been playing a “trust game” with a friend when he slipped off the seventh-floor balcony.

The New York Post reported that Mr Simpson, his wife and some friends went up to the rooftop terrace to enjoy the views of the Empire State Building as it was lit up with rainbow colours to celebrate the result of ‘s same sex marriage vote.

Mr Simpson then climbed to a higher part of the rooftop and began swinging a female friend around, the Post reported.

The woman’s husband confronted Mr Simpson over his behaviour and, to prove that the husband could trust him, he suggested playing a “trust game” in which Mr Simpson would lean over the ledge and his friend would stop him from falling.

The man told investigators that he put his arm out to catch Mr Simpson but he slipped and fell to his death.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described Mr Simpson’s death as a “shocking tragedy”.

“It is a tragedy and hearts go out to his family but I cannot provide any more details,” Mr Turnbull told the Seven Network on Thursday morning.

“It is a shocking tragedy. A young life lost.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement: “Julian was a diligent, professional and highly skilled diplomat, whose support I valued, particularly during UN Leaders’ Week.

“He will be remembered as someone dedicated to the service of our nation as a member of ‘s foreign service.”

Ms Bishop said her department would continue to provide support to Mr Simpson’s family and to other n diplomats in New York who had lost a valued colleague.

“I ask that the media and others respect the privacy of Julian’s family at this difficult time,” she said. STATEMENT: FM Julie Bishop: “I extend my condolences to the family and loved ones of Julian Simpson, a young n diplomat who has died in tragic circumstances in New York.” pic.twitter老域名购买/zRc90tUEjr??? Karen Barlow (@KJBar) November 15, 2017

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