A Facebook employee died at the tech giant's Silicon Valley headquarters today in an apparent suicide.
According to police, the person jumped from the fourth-floor of a building on the social network's sprawling campus in Menlo Park, California, at 11.30am. He was declared dead at the scene by emergency services, and foul play was preliminary ruled out by officers.
Here's the official word from the cops:
On September 19, 2019, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Menlo Park Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting an adult male subject who had jumped off the 4th floor of a building in the 100 block of Jefferson Drive. Menlo Park Police Officers and Menlo Park Fire Protection District personnel responded, and when they arrived, found the victim unresponsive. Firefighters and paramedics administered medical aid but were unable to revive the victim. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Preliminary investigation by the Menlo Park Police Department indicates that there is no foul play involved in this apparent suicide.
The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office responded and transported the victim to the San Mateo County Hospital. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Facebook declined to comment beyond a statement to Business Insider, The Register, and other outlets: "We were saddened to learn that one of our employees passed away at our Menlo Park headquarters earlier today. We're cooperating with police in their investigation and providing support to employees. While the family is being notified, we have no information to share." ®
Updated to add
The Facebook worker was named as Qin Chen, 38, of San Mateo, by a county coroner on Friday.