A lawyer leaped to his death from a 69th-floor office at the Empire State Building Friday, causing temporary road closures in midtown Manhattan, local media reported. The incident became known when a passerby discovered a human leg on 33rd Street at about 3 p.m. local time. Police were called to the spot and discovered that the body had landed on a setback on the 30th floor of the building. Investigators questioned employees at Levine & Blit, a personal injury practice, and at Ashok Karmaker. Both law firms share a suite on the 69th floor where Kanovsky "did odds-and-ends work" for Karmaker.
It wasn't immediately clear what prompted Kanovsky's suicide.
"He was interviewing a client," said a man who works in the suite. "He just got up, opened the window and jumped."
According to news reports, more than 30 people have committed suicide by jumping from the 103-story building since the skyscraper opened in 1931.