A couple committed suicide by jumping out of a window of a New York City office building together in desperation over their inability to afford health care.
The incident happened early Friday morning in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan – just a block from the Empire State Building.
A 53-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman jumped out of a ninth-floor window of the 17-story commercial building on the corner of Madison Avenue and 33rd Street around 5:45am.
Their bodies were covered with white sheets once police arrived at the scene, shutting down the entire block to investigate.
The couple left behind suicide notes in a Ziploc bag, that also included their IDs. Police have not released their names yet, but a photo obtained by the New York Post shows part of the letter, and it identifies the woman as Patricia. The note was titled ‘We had a wonderful life’.
The man left one behind too, which read: ‘We both have medical issues, we just can’t afford the health care.’
The building that the couple jumped from includes offices for law and advertising firms, therapists offices and commercial space.
No further information on the couple has been released. It’s unclear how many children they left behind.
Perry Kim, 49, a worker at Pure Green, a juice shop on the same block, said that he was outside just after 5:30am this morning when he heard an ‘ahhh’ noise and saw two people fall from the top of the building.
The man appeared to hit his head and the woman had suffered abdominal injuries. They landed face up to the sky.
The couple committed suicide just a few hours after Senate Republicans tried to pass a bill that would repeal Obamacare.
But three members of their own party – including Sen. John McCain – voted against the bill and it failed to pass, keeping the Affordable Care Act in place for now.
Sen. McCain said that he voted against the bill because it was irresponsible to take health care away from millions of Americans without a new plan to replace it.