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Google engineer, 31, dies after jumping from company’s headquarters

By Sarah May
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May 6, 2023

A sad scene unfolded in New York City on Thursday, when a 31-year-old Google engineer leapt to his death from the 14th floor of his employer's headquarters, as the Daily Mail reports.

Though the man's identity has not been released to the public, he was reportedly discovered on the ground late in the evening on the side of the building that faces 15th Street.

Harrowing Scene Discovered

The Mail notes that numerous calls were placed to law enforcement about the grisly sidewalk discovery, and though the man was transported to Bellevue Hospital in a state of unconsciousness, he was ultimately pronounced dead.

No suicide note was reportedly found by first responders, and there was no video footage captured of the incident itself, according to the New York Post.

However, police reportedly did discover handprints on the ledge of what was described as an open-air terrace on the 14th floor of the building at 111 Eighth Avenue.

The Mail contacted Google officials for comment on the tragedy, but none was forthcoming at the time of publishing.

Second Recent Google Suicide

As the Post notes, Thursday's incident comes on the heels of another suicide by a Google employee, after a 33-year-old working for the company was discovered dead earlier this year.

Jacob Pratt, who also worked from the company's Big Apple headquarters, hanged himself in an apartment at West 26th Street and 6th Avenue in the early evening hours of Feb. 16.

The Post noted separately that police responded to a 911 call made from the aforementioned apartment, and that is when Pratt was found.

“Upon arrival, officers observed a 33-year-old male unconscious and unresponsive,” a representative from the NYPD explained to the Post at the time, and Pratt was pronounced dead at the scene soon after.

Unexpected Loss

Pratt's LinkedIn page revealed that he worked as a “partnership lead” at the tech giant, and he had reportedly worked at the company for roughly four years, according to the Post.

An obituary for Pratt published in the Lansing State Journal indicated that he had graduated from Northwestern University and was interested in advertising and technology.

The tribute to Pratt noted, “Those who knew Jacob were often part of spirited debates about all manner of things and a humor that was contagious.”

A GoFundMe page organized for the purpose of soliciting charitable donations to be made in Pratt's name added, “He touched the lives of everyone he interacted with whether through his school, work, or personal journey” and suggested that donations to the Make-A-Wish Michigan foundation or the National Alliance on Mental Illness would be especially meaningful.

Tech Troubles Persist

As the Mail notes, the pair of suicides involving Google employees comes in the wake of massive layoffs at the global tech giant, which culled upwards of 12,000 from its workforce.

The CEO of parent company Alphabet, Sundar Pichai, noted at the time that the cuts were slated to impact teams including those in the areas of recruiting, corporate functions, and also engineering and products teams.

Google's layoffs took place in the midst of substantial workforce reductions that were also announced at tech behemoths Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta.

It remains unknown, however, whether either Pratt or the Google employee who died on Thursday were impacted by their company's recent austerity measures and whether they may have played a role in the men's deaths.