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Man Jumps to Death Inside Ritzy Times Square Hotel

July 21, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ The editor of an adult comic book plunged 45 floors to his death in the lobby of a ritzy Times Square hotel as dozens of tourists watched in horror.

George S. Carragonne, 31, jumped Thursday from a balcony in the atrium of the Marriott Marquis Hotel after he walked in and asked a bellhop if it was the highest building in the area, authorities said.

When told it was, Carragonne took an elevator to the 45th floor, carrying a bag holding small stereo speakers. He climbed over the balcony and plunged to his death, landing near a glass elevator.

A hotel maid had shouted, ``Get off of there!″ when she saw Carragonne scale the balcony, police said.

He left no suicide note and the reason behind his fatal leap remained under investigation Friday, said a police spokeswoman, Officer Kathleen Kelly.

Carragonne was an editor at Penthouse Comics, an offshoot of the adult magazine. He worked at the bimonthly publication for the last two years, directing its writers and artists, said Penthouse magazine spokeswoman Jackie Markham.

It was the second suicide leap inside the hotel atrium since it opened 10 years ago.

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