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Man, 70, leaps to his death from eighth floor of Fresno hospital

Police say a 70-year-old man broke a window and jumped to his death from the eighth floor of a Fresno hospital.

It happened about 7 p.m. Tuesday at Community Medical Regional Center.

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Lt. Mark Hudson says the patient had a history of mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, and was being evaluated when he picked up a chair and smashed the window.

Hudson says the man then crawled out onto a 2-foot landing and jumped, falling four stories below on a landing outside the maternity ward.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name wasn't immediately released.

A hospital statement to the Fresno Bee called it "an unfortunate accident" but said no other information would be released.

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