British diplomat dead after hotel fall in Romania

  • Article by: ALISON MUTLER
  • Associated Press
  • January 16, 2014 - 2:36 PM

BUCHAREST, Romania — British diplomats say a 46-year-old British man died Thursday after falling from a hotel window in the northwest of the country.

Romanian media reported that the death was a suicide and the man was depressed.

A spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office, Simon Fraser, confirmed media reports that the man was a member of the diplomatic staff at the British embassy in Bucharest but did not name him or provide further details, citing privacy.

Police spokeswoman for the region Dumitrita Rus said the man died at about noon Thursday after falling from the top floor of the hotel in the city of Baia Mare. She said an investigation is underway and declined to provide further information.

Realitatea TV reported the man jumped from the seventh floor of the Mara Hotel in Baia Mare, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) northwest of Bucharest. It broadcast images of a body in a white sheet being put into a vehicle.

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