Man Who Died in Fall from Orlando Avenue Building Identified as Gregory Paul Friedman

Gregory Paul Friedman

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has identified the young man who fell from the building at 710 N. Orlando Ave. last Friday afternoon as Gregory Paul Friedman, 27. Friedman lived in Santa Monica and worked at Laurel & Wolf in West Hollywood. While some saw the fall as an apparent suicide, the Coroner’s Office was unable to determine the cause of death.

A video showed Friedman’s body falling down into the courtyard of the three-story building at 710 N. Orlando Ave., which is between Willoughby and Melrose, just outside West Hollywood city limits.

A photo posted by a building resident on Facebook showed Friedman entering the building wearing a white shirt and sneakers and black pants or jeans. Another photo showed him lying in the courtyard, surrounded by officers from the L.A. Police Department’s Wilshire Division and Los Angeles firefighters.

The LAPD Dispatch Office said a call came in around 1:30 Friday reporting the incident.


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Mitch Friedman
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Mitch Friedman

I want to update the kind commenters on this thread. We’ve learned a lot in the sad half year since Greg died, enough to correct the speculation I offered above. There are important lessons to learn from Greg’s life and death. His parents (my brother and sister in law) have told the story, and we thank WeHoVille for publishing it. I invite you to read it at https://www.wehoville.com/2018/01/22/memory-remembering-gregory-friedman/.

Corrin S.
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Corrin S.

This is not journalism. As seen in the comments above, Greg was clearly a very much loved and kind human being. I don’t understand the objectives of this article other than to hurt those who were closest to him, who I am sure are already grieving. By showing the moments prior to his death what are you really accomplishing?? As a regular reader i encourage you to take this entire post down. Capturing someone in their darkest moments under which we know nothing about, nor deserve to know anything about is terrible. Again, this entire situation seems tragically sad and… Read more »

Drew Desnick
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Drew Desnick

Went to elementary, middle and high school with Greg in Illinois. Great guy, popular yet still down to earth and friendly to everyone including myself. Shocked to see this. RIP Brother 🙏🏼

CarrieJackson Reid
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CarrieJackson Reid

As the summer nanny of this wonderful man when he was 4 and 5, I can say without a doubt, that he was incredibly sweet, extremely bright, and so special. One of my favorite times of day was putting him to bed and hearing him giggle when I sang bedtime songs to him. He was passionate about his Karate at that age, and practiced until his form was perfect. Mitch, I am painfully sorry for you and your family’s loss. He will greatly be missed. – Carrie

Gerry Jacobs
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Gerry Jacobs

My family just had a conference call about Greg, and we are all distraught and saddened. Terrible news. Greg was a wonderful, thoughtful, talented, fun, loyal, awesome guy.

Josh Kurpies
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Josh Kurpies

Mitch Friedman and all those who knew Greg, I extend my deepest sympathies. Thank you for sharing with us a little about Greg and his kindness to others so that we can share in his memory. Your families will remain in my thoughts….

Charlie Hilbrant
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Charlie Hilbrant

I had the pleasure of being a videographer at a recent family event and I recall Greg being kind and filled with a happy and energetic spirit during that event. May he be carried on forever in the hearts of those who love him.

Amy
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Amy

Mitch, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Greg through rugby as the team Physio. This breaks my heart in so many ways. Your nephew was a special person and it was an honor and pleasure to work with him and get to know him both on and off the rugby pitch. I am sad I will not see his beautiful smile again. Amy

Sarah Howard
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Sarah Howard

Mitch Friedman- my son was a childhood friend of Gregs. Greg was a kind, thoughtful and gifted individual. I am shocked! My troubled sister ended her life 30+ years ago but the loss and vulnerability of life stays with me. Thank you for being a voice for the family. This is such terrible news!

Woody McBreairty
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Woody McBreairty

Thank you Mr. Friedman. My sympathy to you & all of Gregory’s family. I am genuinely saddened & sorry

Len Ostrow
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Len Ostrow

Mitch, we are thinking deeply of you/yours. Kat and I are so saddened; and now even more so that this unimaginable horror is amplified by this article. All our love to you and the rest, Mitch! Len/Kat Ostrow

Marti
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Marti

Mitch, I am a friend of Casey’s and I am deeply sorry for your loss. I did not know your nephew personally, however, I do know his partner Casey and she is full of life and such a kind person. I assume they were a lot alike from reading your words. Thank you for sharing and know that there is a lot of support for you and your family during this extremely difficult time. May you all find peace this week in Chicago. Marti