Australian diplomat dies falling from NY building during game of 'trust'

New York City Fire Department firefighters and emergency personnel respond at the site of a residential apartment building which had collapsed and was engulfed in flames in New York City's East Village neighborhood

An Australian diplomat has died after accidentally falling from his balcony in New York City while drinking with friends.

Julian Simpson, 30 (pictured at the far right in the above photo) reportedly fell from the seventh floor onto a second floor landing, according to the New York Post.

The 'trust game' told sources led to the woman's 24 year old husband confronting Simpson over his swinging. It is believed they went up on the roof deck to observe the Empire State Building, which was lit up to celebrate Australia's successful same-sex marriage postal vote.

Julian Simpson, a second secretary for Australia's permanent mission to the United Nations, fell from the seventh story to the second story of a Lower East Side apartment building after a boozy attempt to build trust with another man, the New York Post reports.

The diplomat, who served as the second secretary to the United Nations for Australia, then climbed to a higher roof landing, where he began swinging a female friend around, sources said. Simpson took another man's wife up to a higher balcony, and began spinning her around as a joke. The husband told police investigators that he extended his arm to catch Simpson, but he had slipped and fell several stories.

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To prove his word, Simpson suggested they play the trust game, leading to his fatal plunge.

He was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, sources said.

Investigators say foul play is not suspected, sources said.

Of note, revelers who'd gathered at Simpson's residence conceded drinking, with cops reporting a strong odor of alcohol on those involved.

An official at the Australian Consulate-General New York said when reached by phone, "We have no comment at the moment".

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