Mr Simpson and a group numbering about 10 had gone upstairs to look at the Empire State Building. He was playing a “trust game” with a male pal when he took the fatal fall. Simpson and his wife were out with friends for dinner and drinks. The diplomat served as the second secretary to the UN for Australia. Simpson jumped up onto the balcony railing and sat on it facing the apartment before he fell backward, sources said. The other man, not suspected, told investigators that he put his arm out to catch him, but Simpson slipped and fell to his death.
The balcony of the accident
Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop said she extended her “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,” Ms Bishop also said. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told media: “It is a tragedy. Our hearts go out to his family. I can’t provide any more details at this stage. It’s a shocking tragedy, a young life lost.”