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Australian Diplomat Dies After Falling From New York Balcony

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An Australian diplomat accidentally fell five floors to his death on Wednesday from the deck of his New York City home during a social gathering with his wife and friends. Thirty-year-old Julian Simpson plummeted from a seventh-floor balcony to a second-floor landing at the 19-story apartment building in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. Simpson, a junior diplomat with the Australian Mission to the United Nations, was said to have been playing a “trust game” with an unidentified male house guest. Simpson instructed the man to catch him as he sat on the railing of the balcony and leaned back to prove that he could trust him. Media reports of a trust game have not been confirmed.

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