Man Jumps to Death From Roof of Standard Hotel in Downtown L.A.

Standard Hotel Roof - H 2014
Nikolas Koenig/Courtesy of The Standard

Standard Hotel Roof - H 2014

"Because there's no criminal investigation involved it has been deemed a suicide," an LAPD spokesperson says

The 24-hour party vibe of the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles ground to a halt Monday afternoon when a man leaped 12 floors to his death from the hotel's rooftop lounge.

The incident occurred as guests crowded the rooftop pool, seeking to cool off during a mid-September heat wave in which temperatures hit the mid-90s.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that a call was placed at 3:49 p.m. alerting them to a male victim who jumped from the roof.

The man landed on the sidewalk outside the hotel on the 500 block of South Flower Street. His name and age have not been released by police.

"Because there's no criminal investigation involved it has been deemed a suicide," the spokesperson said. "It's now in the hands of the Coroner's Office."

A spokesperson with the L.A. coroner's office said no further details were yet available. A woman who responded to a call placed to the Standard's front desk said the hotel had no comment on the matter. 

Owned by hotelier Andre Balazs, the downtown outpost of the Standard opened in 2002 in what was the Superior Oil Company Building, a steel-and-marble modernist structure originally built in 1956. The building was added in 2003 to the National Register of Historic Places.

The hotel's debauched rooftop space — replete with DJs, bars, a pool and intimate waterbed pods that encouraged commingling among guests — instantly became a hot draw among Hollywood scene seekers.

In the years since, Balazs has opened another Standard in Miami Beach and two more in New York City.

It was in one of the latter — a tower straddling lower Manhattan's elevated walkway known as the High Line — that Jay Z famously got into an elevator tussle with sister-in-law Solange Knowles as wife Beyonce looked on.