Tate Modern: Man dies after falling from London gallery

The Tate Modern is closed "as a mark of respect" this afternoon.
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A man has died after falling from the Tate Modern in London.

Police were called at 10.45am to reports that a man had fallen from the gallery on Bankside.

A police spokesperson said: “Officers, London’s Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service attended. Despite the efforts of medics at the scene the man sadly died at the scene.

“Enquiries are under way to identify the man and notify the next of kin. A scene and cordons remain in place. The death is currently being treated as unexpected but is not thought to be suspicious.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 10.47am today to reports of a person fallen from height at the Tate Modern, SE1. We sent resources to the scene, including an ambulance crew, a paramedic on a motorcycle, an incident response officer and a clinical team manager. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.

“Our first medics arrived at the scene in approximately three minutes. Very sadly, despite the best efforts of our crews, a person was pronounced dead at the scene.”

A spokesperson for Tate said: “We are very sad to report that a member of the public passed away at Tate Modern this morning. The police are not treating the event as suspicious, but we have closed the gallery for the day as a mark of respect. All our thoughts are with the person’s family and friends at this time.”