A man jumped from his 16th-floor luxury apartment in New York City late Friday in the midst of growing fears about the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Post reports.
The 64-year-old man, whose identity has not been released publicly, lived in the Tribeca Park apartments in Manhattan. He landed in the courtyard. Authorities pronounced the man dead at the scene, the Post reports.
One building tenant said they were upset by the news of the apparent suicide.
“I came out to smoke a cigarette, and they told me someone jumped,” the resident told the Post.
Neighbors also told the newspaper they were concerned the death may have been related to isolation because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“You have to be mentally strong to take on isolation,” a woman told the Post. “The uncertainty of what’s going to happen is scary.”
Authorities have not officially confirmed that the apparent suicide is related to coronavirus.
In New York, which is a hotbed of virus transmissions, Governor Andrew Cuomo is requiring employees of nonessential businesses and organizations to remain home. Mass gatherings are also prohibited.
Upwards of 8,000 people in New York City have tested positive for coronavirus, with more than 1,000 hospitalized, according to the New York Times. There have been at least 80 deaths connected to the pandemic.
New York City Bill de Blasio told “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he expects the situation to become more serious.
“April is going to be worse than March,” de Blasio told the television program. “And I fear May will be worse than April.”
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