Diplomat plunges to death

By The Mandarin

November 16, 2017

An Australian diplomat plunged to his death from his seventh-floor terrace in New York early Wednesday local time, US media has reported.

Julian Simpson, 30, fell while playing a high-risk game that went horribly wrong, New York Daily News claimed citing New York Police Department sources. He was transported to Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called for media and others to respect the privacy of Julian’s family.

“I extend my condolences to the family and loved ones of Julian Simpson, a young Australian diplomat who has died in tragic circumstances in New York.

“Julian was a diligent, professional and highly skilled diplomat, whose support I valued, particularly during UN Leaders’ Week.

“He will be remembered as someone dedicated to the service of our nation as a member of Australia’s foreign service.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will continue to provide support to Julian’s family, and to other Australian diplomats in New York who have lost a valued colleague.”

Simpson was Australia’s second secretary to the United Nations.

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