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Man dead after falling from fire escape on Upper West Side: police

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Posted at 5:57 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 06:02:56-04

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — A man was killed after falling from a Manhattan fire escape early Friday, according to police.

Authorities said cops responded to the 911 call around 2:15 a.m. and discovered a man lying on the pavement, unconscious and unresponsive, in the rear of a building on West 81st Street, near the corner of Amsterdam Avenue.

EMS responded to the location and pronounced the 30-year-old man dead at the scene.

Police sources said it appeared the victim was on a fire escape smoking a cigarette when he fell.

There was another person with him at the time but it was currently unclear if they had anything to do with the fall, police sources said.

The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

The NYPD said the investigation remains ongoing.

The victim's identity is pending proper family notification.