JP Morgan IT executive Canary Wharf jump was 'suicide' rules coroner

An IT executive at investment bank JP Morgan killed himself after jumping from the 32nd of the bank's London headquarters, a coroner has ruled.

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An IT executive at investment bank JP Morgan killed himself after jumping from the 32nd of the bank's London headquarters, a coroner has ruled.

A London inquest heard that Gabriel Magee, 39, the US-born vice-president of IT at JP Morgan, had twice before tried to gain access to the roof of the building.

Magee used boltcutters to get through a padlocked hatch onto the roof, after making two attempts in the weeks before his death to gain access to the roof.

His body was found on the protruding ninth floor roof of the Canary Wharf building at 8am on 28 January. The inquest heard that an empty bottle of tequila was found on the 32nd floor.

Magee had also written a message to himself on his work computer, written the night before he was found, which read "jump". Other previous messages found read "try to jump off building" and "hate my life".

The coroner ruled he had jumped with the intention of killing himself, and recorded a verdict of suicide.

Magee was on a three day week at the firm after coming through a bad relationship breakup, although at the time of his death he was in a new relationship, the inquest heard.

He had also sought help from a behavioural therapist, who told the inquest that she had no reason to suspect he was at risk of taking his own life. No blame could be attached to JP Morgan for his death, the coroner noted.

Magee was a lead architect responsible for the development and operation of systems for fixed income securities and interest rate derivatives at JP Morgan. He had also worked at Intel as an application developer for three years before joining the bank in 2004, working in New York and London.

The JP Morgan building was previously occupied by Lehman Brothers, which left Canary Wharf after filing for bankruptcy in September 2008. JP Morgan made the building its EMEA headquarters in July 2012.

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