Athiraman Kannan

Quoted on the Burj Khalifa Wikipedia page.

“Within 17 months of the building’s official opening, a man described as “an Asian in his mid-30s” who worked at one of the companies in the tower, died by suicide on 10 May 2011 by jumping from the 147th floor. He fell 39 floors, landing on a deck on the 108th floor. Dubai police confirmed the act as a suicide, reporting that “[they] also came to know that the man decided to commit suicide as his company refused to grant leave.”

I would like to give the unnamed man some dignity. He was 38 years old, the same age as Laura at the time of her death. His name was Athiraman Kannan and he came from Tamil Nadu. He was an employee of Arabtec, working as a cleaner in the Burj Khalifa. Apparently Athiraman fell to his death from an air vent on the 147th floor.

Perhaps Emaar and the Burj Khalifa should take note of his name and his age at the time of his death.

Interestingly his death was acknowledged. Laura’s was covered up. Why? Athiraman was an Indian national, Laura was a Portuguese national? Why did the government of Dubai conceal Laura’s death?

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