Mall Death Leap — (New York Post)

SSRI Ed note: Talented artist is drugged and diagnosed with schizophrenia, is suicidal and depressed, jumps to his death.

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New York Post

September 28, 2004


A tragic 35-year-old artist struggling with schizophrenia climbed onto the rafters of the ritzy Time Warner Center atrium yesterday and leaped to his death — as horrified shoppers looked on, cops said.

“I saw the guy lying there, and somebody was screaming, ‘He’s still alive! Call 911!’ ” said a shaken worker at the plush indoor mall at Columbus Circle.

“It was like a boom, and we thought a bomb went off. Everybody screamed.”

Police said Glenn Moosnick climbed over the 3-foot-high railing on the atrium’s fourth floor and scrambled his way along a crisscross of metal rafters before jumping at around noon.

Moosnick — clad in a yellow T-shirt, bluejeans and sandals — landed in front of a William-Sonoma store, near a bronze Botero sculpture.

“I saw him coming down, he just passed by,” said Stephen Cucci, 22, who was working at the Armani Exchange on the third floor at the time.

“He looked alive [afterward]. He wasn’t screaming or anything.”

A passer-by said he was on his way to lunch when “I saw people running out of the building.

“I went over to the guy, and he was groaning but incoherent.”

Authorities said Moosnick died shortly after at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.

He had been a resident at Fountain House, a group home for the mentally ill on West 47th Street, officials said.

Moosnick’s grieving younger sister, Heather, said her brother was supposed to meet their mom yesterday afternoon so that the pair could open a bank account for him.

Heather said her talented sibling was a poet and artist.

“He suffered from schizophrenia for 10 years . . . [But] for the first time, he actually was doing really well,” the Manhattan woman said, fighting back tears.

“He was just a beautiful person who connected with a lot of people.”

Heather said her brother was on medication and “didn’t seem depressed.”

Still, “he’s been suicidal off and on,” she said.

“He believed that God lives in the sun and talked to him, and probably just heard a voice saying, ‘Come home.’ It must have just been that one moment of psychosis.”

The suicide at Time Warner follows a spate of problems there that earned it the dubious distinction of carrying “a curse.” Woes have included the death of a construction worker in 2002.

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