Man dies after falling from Tate Modern gallery

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Published Feb 2, 2024, 2:38pm|Updated Feb 2, 2024, 4:32pm

A man has died after falling from the Tate Modern gallery in London.

Emergency services rushed to the popular attraction after the man was reported to have fallen in Bankside, SE1, at around 10.45am today.

The air ambulance was also called and paramedics battled to save the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Enquiries are under way to identify the man and notify next of kin.

‘A scene and cordons remain in place. The death is currently being treated as unexpected but is not thought to be suspicious.’

Visitors were urgently evacuated from the building following the incident.

The gallery, which is one of the most visited art museums in the world, said it would remain closed for the rest of the day.

A spokesman for the Tate Modern told ‘We are very sad to report that a member of the public passed away at Tate Modern this morning.

‘The police are not treating the event as suspicious, but we have closed the gallery for the day as a mark of respect.

‘All our thoughts are with the person’s family and friends at this time.’

In August 2019, a six-year-old French boy was seriously injured after being thrown from a viewing platform at the Tate Modern by teenager Jonty Bravery.

The boy, who had been on holiday with his parents at the time of the attack, survived the 100ft (30m) fall, but suffered life-changing injuries, including a bleed on the brain and broken bones.

Bravery is currently serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years for attempted murder.

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