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Los Angeles coroner rules skyscraper plunge a suicide

Passerby's look up at the Wilshire Grand Tower on South Figueroa Street where a worker fell to his death on March 17, 2016. A fire department spokesperson said the the construction worker plunged 50 stories to his death from the building under construction and hit the back of a passing car in downtown Los Angeles.
Passerby's look up at the Wilshire Grand Tower on South Figueroa Street where a worker fell to his death on March 17, 2016. A fire department spokesperson said the the construction worker plunged 50 stories to his death from the building under construction and hit the back of a passing car in downtown Los Angeles.
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The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that a man who fell 53 stories to his death at the Wilshire Grand Center skyscraper construction site a week ago committed suicide.

Coroner's Lt. David Smith confirmed Thursday that the death of Joseph Sabbatino was a suicide.

The 36-year-old Palmdale man's father earlier told KABC-TV that his son struggled with depression and had been prescribed medication.

The 53rd level had a barricade to prevent falls, and the company issued a statement saying the incident was not work-related.

The builder gave nearly 1,000 workers a day off after the incident.