Irish dad of nine falls to death in New York

POLICE investigating the death of an Irishman on holiday in New York believe he may have perished in a tragic fall.

Thomas McKenzie, 68, who was visiting relatives in the Big Apple, was found dead with severe head trauma in the Brooklyn apartment block where he was staying with his nephew. Officials believe he died in a fall in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Heartbroken family members said the jovial dad of nine came to the U.S. to visit his ex-wife and children.

“He was just here visiting,” said McKenzie’s brother Fredrick, 58. “He was just passing through, and now he’s dead.”

A police source said: “It looks like he toppled over a third floor railing and fell down into the lobby of the apartment building.”

Mr Mckenzie apparently cracked his head open and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the victim may have been intoxicated and do not suspect any foul play at this time.

The man’s family said Mr McKenzie was at a local bar with a childhood friend before he died. Police believe the man then made his way home and lost his balance.

“I’m very sad. I can’t believe it,” said Ryan Octave, 61, who was with McKenzie before he died.

“We were cracking jokes just last night. He was like a brother to me.”

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