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Man plunges to death at Tate Modern

A young London lawyer died on Friday night after falling from a stairwell at Tate Modern.

27-year-old Matthew Courtney went to Tate Modern after work on Friday. His body was discovered in the stairwell between the sixth and seventh floors at 11.30pm. Police say that he had suffered "head and chest injuries".

"An ambulance was called immediately but despite the efforts of gallery staff and paramedics he was pronounced dead," said a Tate spokeswoman.

The Metropolitan Police says that the death is being treated as "unexplained but not suspicious".

Courtney worked for city law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. His colleagues issued a statement: "The partners and staff of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are deeply saddened by the tragic death of our friend and colleague, Matthew Courtney, on Friday 9 February.

"Matt was a terrific person and a very promising lawyer. His death is a shock to us all, and he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends."

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