Man, 27, falls to his death at the Manhattan rooftop party

Writer, 27, falls dead after drinking alcohol and losing his balance during a rooftop party in his apartment on the Upper East Side

  • Max McDonough died four stories after the roof of his apartment building on Second Avenue
  • Police say he dangled his feet over a sloping ledge when he lost his balance
  • McDonough is said to have been drinking and his death is not considered suspicious
  • The 27-year-old man was a writer and worked for the culinary blog Food52
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A young writer who organized a roof party on Thursday in his apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, fell into death after a night of drinking.

Police identified the victim on Friday afternoon as 27-year-old Max McDonough, as the New York Post reported first.

According to researchers, McDonough was sitting on the sloping ledge of the terrace around 11.30 am and dangling his feet over the edge on Second Avenue near 82nd Street when he lost his balance.

A man identified as 27-year-old Max McDonough had a party on the roof of his apartment building on Second Avenue near East 82nd Street when he lost his balance and fell dead on Thursday night (stock photo)

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A man identified as 27-year-old Max McDonough had a party on the roof of his apartment building on Second Avenue near East 82nd Street when he lost his balance and fell dead on Thursday night (stock photo)

McDonough fell four floors down the street. He was rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was later declared dead for his injuries.

The housemate of McDonough, who is not mentioned, was at the party and would have experienced the fatal fall.

Police said the 27-year-old man was drunk at the time of the incident.

Researchers do not believe that McDonough's death was the result of cheating.

The upstairs neighbor of McDonough told the Post that the party had been quiet and that she didn't know anything had happened until the police rang her doorbell at about 2:00 am.

The newspaper described the victim as a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a published writer and poet.

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According to a LinkedIn page related to McDonough, he worked last year for the popular culinary blog Food52.

DailyMail.com contacted his employer on Friday for comments.

The LinkedIn profile indicates that the man obtained a master's degree at Vanderbuilt in 2017.

According to his personal website, his writing has appeared in magazines including T Magazine, Best New Poets, Gulf Coast, Washington Square, The Adroit Journal and Beloit Poetry Journal.

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