An Australian diplomat accidentally fell five floors to his death

NEW YORK: An Australian diplomat accidentally fell five floors to his death on Wednesday from the deck of his New York City home during a social gathering with his wife and friends, police and local media said.

Julian Simpson, 30, plummeted from a seventh-floor balcony to a second-floor landing shortly after 1 a.m. (0600 GMT) at the 19-story apartment building in the Lower East Side neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York Police Department spokesman Martin Brown said.

“He’s described as somebody who liked to play games and had sat on the balcony railing and accidentally lost his balance,” Brown said.

Simpson, a junior diplomat with the Australian Mission to the United Nations, was said to have been playing a “trust game” with an unidentified male house guest, according to the New York Post, citing unidentified police sources.

Simpson instructed the man to catch him as he sat on the railing of the balcony and leaned back to prove that he could trust him, the local newspaper reported.

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