New York, NY – Moshe Kanovsky, 31, a lawyer, leaped to his death from a 69th-floor office at New York’s Empire State Building, severing a leg that crashed to the sidewalk in front of horrified onlookers. Mr. Kanovsky worked for the law firm Ashok Karmaker. It is being reported that Kanovsky met with a client in one room and jumped from another.
“He was interviewing a client,” said a man who works in the suite. “He just got up, opened the window and jumped.”
Several witnesses called 911 to report that a leg, severed below the knee, was on the ground by the building, bare except for a gray and black sock. The rest of Kanovsky’s body was found intact on a 30th-floor landing.
It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted Kanovsky’s suicide.
At least 30 people have jumped from the Empire State Building since it opened in 1931. Before Kanovsky, Dovid Abramowitz, 21, was the last to die. He leaped from the 66th floor on February 2, 2006, after buying a ticket to the 86th-floor observation deck.Tags: Crime, Empire State Building, Moshe Kanovske, New York, Suicide