A couple committed suicide by jumping off a New York City office building together in desperation over their inability to afford health care.
The incident happened early Friday morning in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan – just a block from the Empire State Building.
A 53-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman jumped from a 16-story commercial building on the corner of Madison Avenue and 33rd Street around 5:45am.
Their bodies were covered with white sheets once police arrived at the scene, shutting down the entire block to investigate.
A couple jumped to their deaths on this block in Manhattan early Friday morning, and left behind a note saying they decided to kill themselves because they couldn’t afford health care
The couple left behind suicide notes in a ziploc bag, that also included their IDs. However, police have not yet released their names.
A law enforcement source who spoke with the New York Post said the woman’s note said: ‘Our kids are upstairs, please take care of them’.
The man left one behind too, which read: ‘We both have medical issues, we just can’t afford the health care.’
The building that the couple jumped from includes offices for law and advertising firms, therapists offices and commercial space.
No further information on the couple has been released. It’s unclear how many children they left behind.
Perry Kim, 49, a worker at Pure Green, a juice shop on the same block, said that he was outside just after 5:30am this morning when he heard an ‘ahhh’ noise and saw two people fall from the top of the building.
The man appeared to hit his head and the woman had suffered abdominal injuries. They landed face up to the sky.
There was no open window in the building, he said – suggesting the couple jumped from the roof.
He said his manager called 911 and police and EMTs were there soon after but the bodies were immediately covered.
The couple committed suicide just a few hours after Senate Republicans tried to pass a bill that would repeal Obamacare.
But three members of their own party – including Sen. John McCain – voted against the bill and it failed to pass, keeping the Affordable Care Act in place for now.
Sen. McCain said that he voted against the bill because it was irresponsible to take health care away from millions of Americans without a new plan to replace it.
• For confidential help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or click here
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