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Daughter of U.S. ambassador dies in a high-rise fall

By Ed O'Keefe

Nicole John, daughter of U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Eric G. John, died early Friday morning after falling out of a high-rise Manhattan apartment building, according to local news reports.

Eric G. John
U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Eric G. John (State Department photo)

The 17-year-old died after falling from the 25th story of the Herald Square Towers on West 34th Street, a few blocks from the Empire State Building, according to New York police sources cited by the New York Daily News. Investigators believe she was with a group of people partying in the building before she fell about 4:15 a.m. Witnesses told police that she leaned out a window for fresh air before tripping and falling.

Nicole John attended high school in Bangkok, according to her father's official biography.

Ambassador John has served as the top U.S. envoy to Bangkok since 2007 after serving as deputy assistant secretary of state for Southeast Asia.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | August 27, 2010; 11:43 AM ET
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Terrible tragedy!
A 17-year old partying at 4a.m.? The loss is inconsolable for family.
[At her age I was working in a primitive stone quarry making sure that I have enough to eat. No 4 a.m. parties for me then, nor do I regret having 'missed' the 'fun'].

Posted by: dansf5 | August 27, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

You've got the wrong Adam John. Adam John is 20 yrs old and is in a band called Sunset Shootout.

Posted by: J-star | August 29, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

What parent would let their 17-year-old party at 4 a.m.? So much for the high life, eh Mr. John?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | August 30, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

What parent would let their 17-year-old party at 4 a.m.? So much for the high life, eh Mr. John?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | August 30, 2010


The high life includes reading comprehension, which explains why you'll never be able to enjoy it. It's not that he "let" her. She was starting college in NYC and was basically on her own. By the way, Eric is one of the hardest, if not the hardest working public servants you'll ever meet or know. Your pathetic "high life" cheap shot is little more than an acknowledgment that your own life is borderline meaningless and nondescript. So much for the low life, eh Bitter Bill (which just about says it all)?

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | August 30, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

What a tragedy. May God grant the poor girl's soul eternal rest and may He send his Spirit to comfort those who mourn.

Surely all windows in high rise buildings should be made so they open no more than say 8 inches, for ventilation. Nobody could then fall out to certain death.
Builders take note.
Meanwhile windows in existing buildings can quite cheaply be fitted with nets or other material to allow air to pass but nothing else.

Posted by: davebutcher74googlemailcom | August 30, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Anappropriate comment Bitter_Bill. AMB John is an exceptional officer and very close to his family. We can only imagine the pain the family is now experiencing. A little decency would be in order.

Posted by: WingsFan | August 30, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

dansf5's sarcastic remark is no better than that of Bitter Bill. So dansf5 worked in a stone quarry at 17. What does that tell us about the current tragedy. Does dansf5 have a teenager? Is he or she confident that he knows or knew what his teens were doing day and night? Especially if they were going to college in another city. Perhaps dansf5's off-spring are working in a stone quarry as well. Maybe they are perfect young people who never went anywhere without a fastened seat belt, a drink, a smoke, a sexual adventure. If so, he is lucky. If not, I hope their youthful foolish never results in their death-- and that he never need read the spiteful comments of the self-rightous. Only the better angels of my nature prevent me from wishing upon dansf5 the agony that will surely revisit Ambassador John for the rest of his life.

Posted by: militantmiddle | August 30, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Snarky comments are not appreciated when anyone, especially a 17 y.o. girl, has died tragically. Perhaps, if the quarry man DOES have children, he has had no contact with them - for obvious reasons.
May God Bless her family in this worst of times & may we all give our children an extra long hug next time we see them. Life can be so fleeting...

Posted by: 34thBombGroup | August 30, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Darwin award?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 31, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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