A startup founder and iOS developer jumped to her death from a rooftop bar on Monday night, police and onlookers told the New York Post.
Faigy Mayer, who was 29 years old, was the founder and CEO of Appton, a New York-based app-development startup.
Mayer had developed a number of iOS apps, including NYCTips, a New York restaurant tip calculator, a parking app called Carma, and an app called ExpenseTracker, according to her LinkedIn page.
Mayer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Touro College, received a master’s in accounting from Brooklyn College, and recently earned a certificate in data science specialization from Johns Hopkins University.
On Monday, Mayer was said to have sprinted toward a shrubbery-lined ledge of the terrace at 230 Fifth’s rooftop bar, climbed up, and jumped to her death at about 7:30 p.m., the Post reports.
It’s unclear whether Mayer had come to the roof to jump or if she had been a guest at the bar earlier in the evening.
Authorities identified Mayer by a purse and backpack she had left behind at the rooftop bar, according to the Post.
Police confirmed to Business Insider that Mayer died at the scene.
“There was a big corporate party up there and she kind of ran through them [the partygoers] and jumped,” one witness told the Post.
Police sources say the death was likely deliberate. However, patrons at the bar say the four-foot-wide ledge where Mayer apparently jumped could be risky for partygoers regardless. “They really need to be more careful up there. There’s nothing to keep you from jumping,” one guest told the Post.
If Mayer did commit suicide, she would not be the first startup founder to do so.
Suicides can be outliers of the tech industry’s battle with depression, which can be exacerbated by the stress of starting a company. A study by Dr. Michael Freeman, a clinical professor at UCSF and an entrepreneur, was one of the first to link higher rates of mental-health issues to entrepreneurship.
Of the 242 entrepreneurs he surveyed, 49% reported having a mental-health condition. Depression was the No. 1 reported condition among them and was present in 30% of all entrepreneurs, followed by ADHD (29%) and anxiety problems (27%).
That’s a much higher percentage than the US population at large, where about 7% identify as depressed.
It is not clear whether Mayer suffered from depression.
Business Insider has reached out to the NYPD about the incident and will update this story accordingly.