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UPDATE: Person falls off of Sun International’s head office building, police investigate

Paramedics standby near the body of the man who jumped off a hotel in Sandton.

Captain Granville Meyer, spokesperson for the Sandton Police Station, has confirmed that they are investigating the circumstances surrounding Sevel’s death.

 

UPDATE: 5.37pm

Reports have surfaced on social media regarding the shocking news that a person has fallen off the roof of the Sun International head office building in Sandton.

Investigations are ongoing and suicide cannot yet be confirmed or denied.

UPDATE: 5.30pm

Zoleka Skweyiya,  group manager for communications and customer insights of Sun International has just confirmed the identity of the deceased to be Dan Sevel (40) who was the sports marketing manager at sun international.

Skweyiya added that the company has offered counselling services to their staff.

UPDATE: 3pm

Sun International released a statement:

“We can confirm that just after noon today, a member of staff fell from the 5th floor balcony of our offices. The exact circumstances are unknown at this stage. We are co-operating fully in all respects with the relevant authorities in investigating the incident. Emergency services responded quickly and were unfortunately unable to resuscitate him.

We are all deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our colleague and friend, and wish to extend our deepest sympathy to his family.”

UPDATE: 2.30pm

Elaine Jack manager of the Sandton Central Improvement District said that a portion of Sandown Valley Cresent has been closed while police conduct their investigation. 

According to an anonymous witness on the scene, the man left a note on his desk before jumping to his death.

https://twitter.com/johannschwella/status/1017357579599609858

 

Multiple paramedics are on scene and the establishment in question has been contacted for comment.

This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as information is received. 

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Laura Pisanello

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