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Why? Margaret Fagenson jumps to her death from luxury East 86th apartment

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Margaret Fagenson and Jane Pontarelli (credit: Annie Watt)
Margaret Fagenson suicide
Margaret Fagenson and Jane Pontarelli (credit: Annie Watt)

Margaret Fagenson an Upper East side philanthropist has jumped to her death in what is thought to be a suicide bid. Left no suicide note.

Margaret Fagenson, the 68 year old wife of a Wall St tycoon died on Thursday after jumping to her death from her luxury Upper East side high rise apartment.

According to police, the woman leapt from a 14th-floor balcony of the E. 86th St. building near East End Ave. — known as the Henderson House at about 10:50 a.m.

She landed on the side of the building on Henderson Place and died at the scene, noted the nypost.

According to the tabloid, the philanthropist had been suffering from depression when she pulled a small ladder from her closet and set it against the railing of her terrace just before 11 a.m. as a maid worked in another room.

From there Flanagan climbed the ladder, lifted herself over the terrace railing and fell to a sidewalk alongside her building.

Told Rodney Bissoondath, 37, a doorman via the nydailynews: ‘I heard a loud ‘boom’ noise and I waited a couple minutes,’

‘By the time I went outside, the cops were already putting sheets on the person.’

The doorman said that Fagenson had been the third person to jump from the building in recent years.

‘It’s insane,’ he said. 

Upon notice of Margaret Fagenson suicide death, family members gathered at the scene as the city coroner’s office sought to remove the woman’s body.

Told a friend of the woman’s as she witnessed the dead woman’s body being removed, ‘She is the last person who would do such a thing.’

‘I saw them yesterday,’ a neighbor told via the nypost. ‘And they were so happy.’

Or were they?

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Margaret Fagenson (far l.) died after she jumped from her home on E. 86th St. She’s pictured here with (from l.) Jennifer, Robert and Stephanie Fagenson. (FACEBOOK)

Present at the death scene was Fagenson’s husband Robert, who at the time was holding the couple’s two poodle dogs.

Of note, Robert and Margaret Fagenson own a $2.8 million unit in the Henderson House.

Three-bedroom units at the building go for $2.5 million according to a real estate listing website. The building is located about a block from Carl Schurz park and Gracie Mansion.

Robert Fagenson is the CEO of Fagenson and Co a boutique money management and investment broker firm.

A 2011 report via the wallstjournal noted the couple as being supporters of animal rescue groups and donating $75,000 to the North Shore Animal League.

Told the husband via the wsj, We’re nutty pet people,’ when he and his wife were named the paper’s ‘Donors of the Day.’

Of question is whether the financier had experienced any financial setback that may have preempted the man’s wife?

Cops said that Flanagan left no suicide note before jumping, leading some to wonder if the woman’s suicide death was a spur of the moment act, or something she may have been dwelling on.

No mention was made whether the woman had tried hurting or killing herself in the past.

To date cops have offered no motive as to what may have led to the well to do woman taking her own life as some wonder if Margaret Fagenson succumbed to depression or other setbacks yet to have been divulged?

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Pictured the Henderson House where Margaret Fagenson lived with her husband Robert Fagenson before jumping to her death.