Man dies after falling off Tate Modern Museum in London
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On Friday, February 2, a man died after falling off the Tate Modern in London.
In a shared statement with Hyperallergy, the city’s Metropolitan Police said they responded to a call from the scene at 10:45am local time, and that officers, London’s Air Ambulance, and London Ambulance Service were onsite. “Despite the efforts of medics the man sadly died at the scene,” the statement said. The exact location where the fall occurred and other details of the incident are not known.
The museum communicates on Social mediaIt was closed for the remainder of the day, but would open again tomorrow. The man’s identity has not been revealed as the police work to inform his family and next of kin. The death is being treated as “unexpected, but is not thought to be suspicious,” according to the police statement.
Tate Modern has not responded to your query immediately Hyperallergic’s request for comment, but acknowledged the man’s death in an interview with The Times, stating that it had closed the gallery for the rest of the day as “a mark of respect.”
This is the second incident of a fall reported at the Tate Modern over the past five years. In August 2019, English teenage Jonty Bravery threw an eight-year-old French child unknown to him from the gallery’s 10th-floor viewing platform. The boy survived after landing on the roof of the fifth floor, but suffered a brain bleed as well as several broken bones. Bravery is Serving a Life SentencePrisons and the Child continues to recover steadilyThe 98-foot drop caused some permanent injuries.
Last October, the Courtauld Gallery in London closed to the public after a man in his 60s fell “from a height” and Afterwards, the person diedThe museum is a great place to visit.