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Man falls to death from China state TV tower: report

world Updated: Mar 31, 2009 11:30 IST

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A man fell to his death from the futuristic Beijing headquarters of China's state broadcaster, state media said on Tuesday, the latest black mark on a complex hit by a spectacular fire last month.The 23-year-old cleaner fell 45 storeys on Sunday from the still uncompleted China Central Television tower, Xinhua news agency reported.

The report said it was not known whether the death was an accident or a suicide, but police had ruled out foul play.A 30-storey Mandarin Oriental hotel on the grounds of the television headquarters was engulfed by a spectacular fire that lit up the eastern Beijing skyline on February 9.

An unapproved fireworks display was blamed for the inferno, which killed a firefighter and has resulted in 12 arrests, state media has reported, including the complex's head of construction.The fire was a huge embarrassment to the government as the state television network is one of the ruling Communist Party's main propaganda arms.

The headquarters building, two massive leaning towers that are joined at the top, became a symbol of China's modernisation during the Beijing Olympics and was slated to be occupied by the state broadcaster later this year.