An aspiring Trinidadian teenage artiste yesterday made headlines in the international media after jumping stark naked to his death from the top of a building at New York University (NYU) in the United States.
“Aspiring rapper Titan Lee Hai, 19, from Port of Spain, Trinidad, plummeted 15 stories from the Third North Residence Hall at 75 Third Ave. near East 11th Street in the East Village about 3.20 a.m. after a night of partying with a pal, law enforcement sources told The Post,” stated a report from the New York Post.
The report stated that Lee Hai “looked like he was on drugs”, according to eye witnesses quoted.
The report stated that another student at the university said that Lee Hai walked into an elevator he was riding in minutes before he died and punched him in the head for no reason.
The New York Post quoted Shazim Khurshid, 19, a freshman, who said: “I was the last person to see him alive. I was in the elevator and he just walked in and punched me in the face and then he asked me where he was. He was naked when he walked in. So, it was pretty obvious he was not in his senses. He had no sense of where he was or what time it was”.
“He looked like he was on drugs, a lot of drugs,” Khurshid stated.
Khurshid stated in the report that Lee Hai lived on the second floor but rode to the top floor where he opened a door to the roof, triggering an alarm that forced students to evacuate before he either fell or jumped.
“I never saw him before. It is sad,” Khurshid said, adding that the teen urinated on the floor before getting into the elevator. “It was pretty obvious he was not in his senses.”
Lee Hai was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Lee Hai, a liberal studies major, had returned to New York from Trinidad last Friday for the start of the spring semester yesterday.
The New York Observer stated in its report that Lee Hai, performing under the names of Titan and Trizzykiddhad, amassed thousands of fans with his energetic hip hop performances.
The report quoted expressions of grief from Lee Hai’s Facebook friends.
“Just heard of the passing of a real friend and a genuine inspiration to my performance. He’s not only the guy who inspired me to try my hand at rap, he’s the person who worked on my entire mixtape with me,” one of Lee Hai’s friends, Brendon Jeremy O’Brien, posted on his Facebook wall.
The report stated that Lee Hai produced a number of songs before his death, including a mixtape and multiple collaborations.