Report: Ex-Duke guard jumps to death
A former basketball captain for the Duke Blue Devils jumped to his death from the top of the New York Athletic Club on Central Park South, the New York Post reported late Tuesday.
Police said Thomas Emma, 49, of Manhattan, plunged from the 12th floor of the building at around 11:20am and crashed onto a second floor landing of the Essex House hotel.
Friends said Emma had recently been dealing with health issues, but could not provide further detail.
Emma played for Duke University from 1980-1983 and was a tenth-round pick for the Chicago Bulls in 1983, but never played a regular season game.
Duke teammate and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas was stunned to hear of the news, but remembered Emma as a guard with a great shot and an even better sense of humor.
"He could light up any mood and he was very quick-witted. He was always a lot of fun," Bilas said.
Emma did not leave a suicide note.