CA man who jumped from chopper had health problems

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The brother of a man who died after jumping from a helicopter in Newport Beach said his sibling may have committed suicide because of a chronic health condition he had for the past 15 years.

Brad McFadden told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his 61-year-old brother Greg was only able to get a few hours of sleep each night due to an esophageal disorder. Greg McFadden was hoping to get a surgery to fix the problem, but it was repeatedly delayed.

Orange County coroner officials say Gregory McFadden jumped from the helicopter Tuesday, falling into the ocean near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.

According to KTLA5:

McFadden booked a 30 minute coastal tour for two at a cost of $310 out of Fullerton, authorities said. But he showed up for the flight alone.

Halfway through the flight, authorities said McFadden opened the helicopter door and jumped out.

McFadden was taken to shore by lifeguards and later died at a hospital.

Police say they are investigating the death as a suicide.

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