NEW YORK (AP) — A construction worker fell to his death Tuesday at a $147 million oceanfront East Hampton estate that was among the most expensive residential properties sold in the U.S., authorities said.
Vitor Nobre apparently lost his footing and tumbled about 12 feet from a second-story level to a concrete floor, East Hampton Village police Chief Jerry Larsen said. Nobre, 55, was taken to a hospital by road after weather grounded a rescue helicopter, and he was dead on arrival.
It's unclear what kind of work Nobre was doing when he fell. A man who answered the phone at Nobre's Ronkonkoma home declined to comment.
The 18-acre, elaborately landscaped Hamptons property belongs to billionaire hedge fund founder Barry Rosenstein, who bought it in 2014. His neighbors include comedian Jerry Seinfeld and prominent art dealer Larry Gagosian.
Rosenstein's property had a house — along with ponds, a foot bridge and an apple orchard, according to a 2007 New York Times story about the prior owners — but work on a new home is underway. The new owner also has permits for two additional buildings, according to the village building office.
Rosenstein's family said it was "deeply saddened" by Nobre's death.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family," it said in a statement.
Rosenstein founded and runs New York-based Jana Partners LLC, a fund known as an activist shareholder in the companies in which it invests.