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JPMorgan suicide is 3rd mysterious death in weeks

JPMorgan suicide is 3rd mysterious death in weeks
JPMorgan’s headquarters in Hong Kong.Photo: Getty Images

A 33-year-old JPMorgan finance pro leaped to his death Tuesday from the roof of the bank’s 30-story Hong Kong office, according to a bank spokesperson.

Li Junjie recently told a colleague he was under heavy work-related stress, a police investigator said.

Shortly after lunch on Tuesday, the JPM banker went to the roof of the downtown building. Police came to the building and tried unsuccessfully to talk him out of jumping, according to one local report.

The authorities said no suicide note was found.

“Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends at this time,” said a JPMorgan spokesperson in Hong Kong.

This suicide marks the third mysterious death of a JPMorgan banker in the last three weeks. So far, there is no other known link between any of the deaths.

As a result of the tragedies, JPM is reaching out to its 270,000 employees globally to inform them about the bank’s ongoing employee-assistance program to manage stress and depression, a bank spokesman said.

Gabriel Magee, 39, a vice president with the JPMorgan’s corporate and investment bank technology arm in the UK, jumped to his death from the roof of the bank’s 33-story Canary Wharf tower in London, according to reports.

Magee’s body was found about 8 a.m. on Jan. 28.

At JPM for slightly more than six years, according to his LinkedIn page, Magee was the lead architect for the bank’s fixed income/rates technology department. He worked previously at Intel.

A coroner’s inquest in ongoing in London.

On Feb. 3, Ryan Henry Crane, 37, a JPM executive director who worked in New York, was found dead inside his Stamford, Conn., home.

A cause of death in Crane’s case will not be determined until a toxicology report is complete, according to a spokesperson for the Stamford detectives division.

The report is expected within five weeks.

Crane, who grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the prestigious Delbarton School and then, in 1999, Harvard University, joined JPM in 2000, according to his LinkedIn page.

Crane last worked on JPM’s equities desk, buying stocks for the bank’s institutional customers.

“The clustering is striking,” said Dr. Christine Moutier of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, referring to the rash of banker suicides.

“In some high-stress careers, worrying about mental health is seen as a weakness and goes untreated,” Moutier added.

Two other bankers have also taken their lives outside of JPMorgan.

On Jan. 31, Mike Dueker — the chief economist at Russell Investments and former Federal Reserve bank economist — was found dead at the side of a road that leads to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. He was 50.

On Jan. 26, William Broeksmit, 58, a former senior risk manager at Deutsche Bank, was found hanging in a house in South Kensington, according to London police.


The Sneaky Tactic Some States Are Using Now That Parents Are Standing Up Against Common Core


Feb. 18, 2014 10:29pm

As fed-up parents across the nation voice their staunch opposition to federal Common Core standards, several states are trying a new approach to appease them… by just changing the name in a “rebranding” effort.

In Iowa, Common Core is now referred to as “The Iowa Core” and as “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards” in Florida. Further, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order recently to scrub the “Common Core” name from their math and reading standards. Louisiana is also reportedly considering a name change.

Common Core

Glyn Wright, executive director of the Eagle Forum, told that the name isn’t the problem.

“Even under a different name, the Common Core Standards are still mediocre, at best, and continue to put American students at a significant disadvantage to their international peers,” Wright said.

There are only four states in the U.S. that haven’t adopted at least some Common Core standards.

Critics argue that Common Core, which was never voted on by Congress, promotes a one-size-fits-all approach to education and takes away control from teachers and local school systems. There have also been problems with Common Core “aligned” lessons and textbooks including liberal and progressive political messages.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sits down for lunch before speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Some Republicans, including Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee, have been longtime supporters of Common Core. Both agree that the name change is necessary because the term Common Core has become “toxic.”

“Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat,” Huckabee said at a recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Wright had this to say of the tactic: “Rebranding the Common Core does not change the fact that it is still a top-down, federally controlled approach to education that is untested and unproven. We know that Americans will not be fooled by dressing-up this failed initiative.”

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Check Out A Bodybuilding Show

She's Losing It!

This Saturday is the Texas State Naturals natural bodybuilding competition.  “Natural Bodybuilding” means that all athletes are drug tested; no steroid use is allowed.  I’m super excited, not only because 5 amazing women from my team, Mel’s Machines, will be competing, but also because I will be live tweeting and posting on FB for the entire event.

If you’ve never been to a show before, here are…

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Check Out a Bodybuilding Show

10.  Seeing hundreds of athletes on stage in posing suits and bikinis will inspire you to stop eating potato chips

9.  It’s fun to see people painted orange with spray on tan

8.  Think you can only grow muscle by taking steroids?  You’ve got another think coming!  All athletes at the Texas State Naturals are drug tested.

7.  Eliminate the excuse, “I can’t be fit – I’m a mom.”  Many of the…

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An Open Letter to Girls Who Want to Rock a Bikini & Spray Tan

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I know there are open letters oversaturating the interwebz right now ranging from Thought Catalog’s encyclopaedia to ones from Sinead O’Connor addressing sweet Miley.

This letter is an important one.

This is an open letter to all the girls who want to compete in a bikini competition.

This is an open letter to all of the girls who are sick of hitting the gym and not seeing results and wanting a challenge.

This is a letter to girls like me.

…And maybe it’s a letter to you.

I know as soon as I publish this, I’ll probably have people hating me, maybe making some enemies, or thinking I’m a whiny bitch. But this is something I need to do. Something I wish I had access to when I was researching my journey into the fitness competition world.

Fitness competitions are like Hollywood.

Everyone wants to make it big. 

Everyone wants to…

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Noam Chomsky: Instead of “Illegal” Syria Threat, U.S. Should Back Chemical Weapons Ban Worldwide + Chomsky on 9/11

Dandelion Salad

Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

democracynow on Sep 11, 2013 – In a national address from the White House Tuesday night, President Obama announced he is delaying a plan to strike Syria while pursuing a diplomatic effort from Russia for international monitors to take over and destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. However, Obama still threatened to use force against Syria if the plan fails. We get reaction to Obama’s speech from world-renowned political dissident and linguist, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky.

“The Russian plan is a godsend for Obama,” Chomsky says. “It saves him from what would look like a very serious defeat. He has not been able to obtain virtually any international support, and it looked as though Congress wasn’t going to support it either, which would leave him completely out on a limb. This leaves him a way out: he can maintain the threat of force…

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Everyone needs to listen to this man..

Everyone needs to listen to this man..

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