According to authorities, the man jumped from the 14th floor of the building at around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police received multiple calls reporting an unconscious person near the building on 111 Eighth Ave, and when officers arrived at the scene they found the man and took him to Bellevue Hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival. Handprints were found near the edge of an open-air terrace on the 14th floor, but there was no indication there was a video of the incident or a suicide note left by the victim.
The discovery of the senior software engineer, who has not been named due to pending family notification, comes just months after another Google NYC employee was found dead of an apparent suicide. As reported in February, authorities confirmed the death of 33-year-old Google employee Jacob Pratt upon a search of his Chelsea, Manhattan apartment. He hanged himself in what appeared to be a suicide. His LinkedIn page indicated he was a “partnership lead” at the company.
Per NPR, Google cut 12,000 jobs back in January. The cuts represented approximately six percent of the company’s workforce worldwide. The company’s CEO Sundar Pichai, meanwhile, received a huge $226 million payday last year, which was criticized heavily by employees, CNBC reports. For comparison, he received $6.3 million for his work as CEO in 2021. Google did not comment on the huge payday for Pichai.