Australian diplomat dies in NY after falling from 7th floor balcony

Fairfax Media  Global Voices                       Julian Simpson far right was Australia's second secretary to the United Nations

Fairfax Media Global Voices Julian Simpson far right was Australia's second secretary to the United Nations

A United Nations diplomat from Australia plunged to his death early Wednesday in NY while reportedly playing a "trust game" with a friend. "How about we play the put stock in amusement", Simpson said to his companion only minutes previously he slipped and fell, the Post detailed.

Julian Simpson, 30, was a second secretary to the United Nations for Australia based in NY.

The group trekked to his rooftop to take in the view of the Empire State Building, which was lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the passage of gay marriage legislation in Australia.

According to police reports, Simpson swung a female friend around while on the roof.

The two men then stepped out onto Simpson's balcony, where Simpson told the husband that he meant no harm, according to sources. Trust fall is a game in which people deliberately allow themselves to fall, trusting that others will catch them.

The game consisted of Simpson leaning over the balcony and his friend preventing him from falling.

Simpson got to the ledge and leaned back.

Fairfax Media                   Julian Simpson far right at a conference in Ecuador
Fairfax Media Julian Simpson far right at a conference in Ecuador

Simpson fell onto a second story terrace.

Simpson was rushed to Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators say foul play is not suspected told the the nypost.

All of the people police spoke to admitted to having consumed alcohol that night.

Australian 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".

Police are treating the death as an accident.

An official report from the medical examiner's office will confirm the cause of death.

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