The Sorrento above Kowloon Station. Inset: Christine Choi. Photos: Google Maps, Hong Kong Government

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A 25-year-old Hong Kong man fell to his death from a luxury residential building connecting to Mass Transit Railway’s Kowloon Station on Thursday.

The deceased is the eldest son of Christine Choi Yuk-lin, the newly appointed undersecretary for education, Radio Television Hong Kong reported.

At 11am, a security guard found a man lying unconscious on a ninth-floor podium outside the Sorrento 3 building above Kowloon Station. Paramedics arrived and the man was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It was understood that the victim had been suffering from depression, a source was quoted by Apple Daily as saying.

Initial investigations showed that an hour before the tragedy, the man had tried to jump out of a window but was stopped by a domestic worker. He then locked himself in a room and fell from the building some time later, Oriental Daily reported. Media reports and police did not disclose the nationality of the maid.

Choi issued a statement in the afternoon, requesting some space for her and her family after the tragedy.

Education Secretary Kevin Yeung Yun-hung also issued a statement expressing his condolences and deepest sympathy for his deputy.

The Samaritans run a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline +852 2896 0000 or e-mails can be sent to jo@samaritans.org.hk.

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