An Australian diplomat has died after falling from a balcony in New York

Julian Simpson, pictured on the far right, at a sustainable development conference in Ecuador. Photo: Global Voices/ Facebook.

An Australian diplomat has died after falling from a balcony in Manhattan, New York.

Julian Simpson, 30, slipped and fell while sitting on the railing of his Lower East Side apartment’s balcony at 1.35am local time (5.35pm AEDT).

The New York Police Department confirmed the details with Fairfax Media.

Other news outlets report that the diplomat had been playing a “trust game” with friends after a night out.

Simpson’s wife and friends at the apartment at the time of the incident are being interviewed by local police as part of the investigation into his death.

He was Australia’s second secretary to the United Nations and based in Australia’s permanent Mission to the United States in New York.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family.

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