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Man dies after jumping into Chicago River near South Loop

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A man committed suicide by jumping into the Chicago River Tuesday afternoon near the South Loop.

Crews were called about 12:10 p.m. for reports that a man had fallen from the Roosevelt Bridge into the Chicago River, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.

The man, later identified as 68-year-old Charles L. Clark, was found in the water by Chicago Fire Department divers and brought back to shore, according to Langford and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:09 p.m.

Clark’s death was ruled a suicide following an autopsy Wednesday, which found he suffered blunt force injuries in a fall from height and drowned, the medical examiner’s office said.

Support from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.