Story By: John Feng, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
This view of a suspected suicide spotted with his legs dangling over a ledge is actually a man who was already dead after jumping off the roof with his body landing on the sixth-floor parapet.
People on the ground who heard a thud and suddenly spotted a leather shoe on the ground raised the alarm when they spotted the man’s legs, believing he was about to jump.
They were unaware that by this point, he was already dead after suffering massive head injuries following the fall from the 18th floor roof of the building in Taiwan’s capital Taipei.
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As a result of their emergency call, rescuers were dispatched to the residential building on the corner of Nanjing West Road and Chongqing North Road at around 2pm on 18th February.
The fire service believed the dead man, identified as Chen Po-wei, 45, was still alive and set up an inflatable cushion in anticipation of the man’s alleged jump, while a second team was sent into the building to find him.
Rescuers then made the horrific discovery when they located the man, who was lifeless after having cracked his skull open during the suspected suicide from the high-rise’s 18-storey-high rooftop.
Local media reports Chen, a former businessman, managed a real estate company.
He is believed to have suffered from depression caused by his divorce, which saw his wife take custody of his children.
The police say they are still investigating the incident after gaining access to his home on the 15th floor of the building.