Cartoonist jumps from NYC building to his death despite girlfriend’s desperate attempts to save him

March 6th, 2024


Cartoonist jumps from NYC building to his death despite girlfriend?s desperate attempts to save him

A “depressed” cartoonist jumped to his death from his 15th-floor Chelsea co-op on Tuesday, March. 5, despite his girlfriend’s desperate attempts to grab him and save his life, according to cops and witnesses. 

 

The jumper was identified as Jon Medwick, a 62-year-old artist who also held a day job working for WebMD.

 

A police source told The Post that Medwick’s 45-year-old girlfriend woke up to find him standing at the window. She tried to grab him and hold him back, but “he slipped away.” 

 

Police responded to a 911 call at the building around 5:45 a.m. 

 

Cartoonist jumps from NYC building to his death despite girlfriend?s desperate attempts to save him

 

“When I saw the coroner pulled up, the body bag, the ambulance, I knew something happened,” one person in the building said. “His apartment is at the back of the building. From what they were saying he jumped from his apartment window.”

 

Medwick, who lived in the building for more than a decade and served on its co-op’s board, was described by fellow residents as a “very nice” and “sociable” guy. 

 

Cartoonist jumps from NYC building to his death despite girlfriend?s desperate attempts to save him

 

He had been living with his girlfriend, who was visibly upset while being taken to the hospital after Medwick’s death.

 

One source said. “I did see the girlfriend. She looked distraught. She kept saying her legs were hurting … I don’t know if she was nervous. EMS took her.” 

 

The jumper’s brother was also at the building Tuesday talking to detectives, according to the source. 

 

Medwick had been living with his girlfriend since just before the COVID-19 pandemic and had a brother who would visit him, another source inside the co-op told The Post. 

 

“He was a cartoonist. He did a picture for me. It was pretty nice,” they added.

 

Medwick mainly worked from home, and sometimes clients commissioning his art would come to the building to get their pieces, the resident said. “

 

Police said they did not believe the fall was suspicious. One person in the building said an ambulance took Medwick to the hospital on Sunday, March 3, and brought him back. 

 

Cops said he was “depressed” before the apparent plunge.


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