JP Morgan employee who fell to his death named as Gabriel Magee

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An employee of JP Morgan investment bank who fell to his death from the firm's European headquarters during rush hour in London has been named as 39-year-old Gabriel Magee.

Magee, a vice president in IT at the bank, landed on the ninth floor of the 33-floor building in Bank Street, in the busy Canary Wharf financial district, at about 8am on Tuesday. Police said they are not treating his death as suspicious.

A JP Morgan spokeswoman said: "We are deeply saddened to have lost a member of the JP Morgan family at 25 Bank Street today. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family and his friends."

Magee had been with the firm since 2004 and was described by a source as "a respected employee, well thought of by managers". He worked in the firm's corporate and investment bank technology department, and had previously worked as an application developer for Intel.

Magee was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

People in offices nearby on Bank Street spoke of their shock. David Payne said he arrived at the law firm where he works at 8.10am. He said: "A couple of my colleagues made me aware of what happened. They were upset after seeing a body of a gentleman, who appeared to have fallen from the top of JP Morgan in Canary Wharf. I witnessed the gentleman lying on the ground from my view from my desk. I believe the gentleman was in a suit, but I cannot be too sure. There was a significant amount of blood as well as broken concrete from the impact around him."

Payne said it was about four-and-a-half hours before the body, which was covered only by a small plastic sheet, was moved. "My colleagues and I, as to be expected, were upset by the incident. Around 12.30pm the body was moved with a cover put over the blood and damaged concrete and this still remains. I am not too sure what took so long as the poor man just appeared to be left alone."

Hetal Patel, a research analyst for FTSE, said people looking were looking at the scene through the window of the Bank Street office where she works when she arrived at about 8.15am. She said: "I am quite young and have just joined the [financial] industry so for me it was quite shocking. For most people [in my office] it was quite shocking." Patel said the body could be seen from the window of the office kitchen, prompting some of her colleagues to avoid entering the room as a result.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 8.04am to Bank Street to reports of a person fallen from a height. We sent one ambulance crew, a duty officer, our hazardous area response team and London Air Ambulance to the scene. Sadly, a man in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene."

The building has been the headquarters of JP Morgan's Europe, Middle East and Africa operation since July 2012. It was formerly home to another investment bank, Lehman Brothers, before it collapsed in 2008, triggering the global financial crisis.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Haroon Siddique, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 28th January 2014 17.31 Europe/London

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