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City Ballet Dancer a Suicide at 29

February 17, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ Joseph Duell, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet company, leaped five stories to his death from his Manhattan apartment, officials said.

The body of the 29-year-old dancer was found outside his West Side apartment building on Sunday morning, said police spokesman Sgt. Diane Kubler.

She said he had jumped. No note was found, she said.

Duell, who joined the ballet in 1975, was one of 18 principal dancers in the troupe, said spokeswoman Leslie Bailey.

He was performing with the ballet at Lincoln Center in a run which ends this week, said Ms. Bailey.

The New York Times reported today that Duell ″had danced with special polish and verve″ on Saturday in George Balanchine’s ″Symphony in C″ and was to repeat the performance Sunday night.

Another ballet was performed instead, and the ballet company dedicated the performance to Duell.

Duell was born in Dayton, Ohio, and studied ballet there. He followed his brother, Daniel, into the New York City Ballet.

He was promoted to soloist in 1980 and principal in 1984. In addition to dancing, he choreographed several ballets.

He is survived by his parents, his brother and three sisters.

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