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Man dies after fall from world's tallest building

Man leaps from 147th floor of Dubai's Burj Khalifa in apparent suicide

The Burj Khalifa was closed to the public following the incident.
The Burj Khalifa was closed to the public following the incident.

A man has died in an apparent suicide by jumping from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest building.

The unidentified male, said to be Indian and in his mid-thirties, died on impact after landing on the deck of the 108th floor.

Unconfirmed media reports said the man jumped after a dispute with his employer. He allegedly leaped from the 147th floor of the 828m super-tall tower and landed on the 108th, according to Gulf News. Other reports indicate he may have landed on the 102nd floor.

Dubai police have confirmed they received a report about a possible suicide at the Burj Khalifa. "The police operations room received a call about a suicide at the Burj Khalifa today," Dubai police said in a statement, The National reported.

Emaar, the developer behind the Burj Khalifa, confirmed the incident and said it was awaiting the findings of an investigation into the man's death.

"The concerned authorities have confirmed that it was a suicide, and we are awaiting the final report," the company said in an emailed statement.

The news sparked a flurry of tweets reporting the death, with hundreds of users retweeting news of the alleged suicide.

This would be the first reported incident of someone taking a fatal leap from the building. Four people died during the construction of the Burj Khalifa, which opened in 2010.

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