Wilkes McDermid fell from the top of Coq D'Argent
Wilkes McDermid fell from the terrace of City restaurant Coq d'ArgentGoogle Maps/Twitter

London food blogger Wilkes McDermid wrote a "final message" before plunging 80ft from the roof terrace of exclusive City restaurant Coq d'Argent.

The 39-year-old is thought to have fallen to his death from the seventh floor roof terrace of the Poultry Street brasserie on Sunday afternoon (8 February).

Hours before his death he tweeted a link to his personal blog, describing it as his "final message", alarming friends who then contacted police.

In the post, which is dated 3 February but did not appear until the day of his death, he paraphrased 18th century writer Samuel Johnson, and spoke about his time living in London.

McDermid goes on to praise the capital's food scene, which he says has "evolved and matured" before naming his favourite street food outlets and inspirations.

Coq d'Argent has seen its share of tragedies over the years. In 2012 banker Nico Lambrechts, 46, leapt from the roof after "unbearable" pressure while working at Investec Asset Management.

His death followed that of British Library worker Rema Begum, 29, who jumped from the restaurant a month earlier after being sacked.

Following the deaths, Coq d'Argent installed six-foot high barriers last year and has a policy whereby staff question anyone alone on the roof top.

City of London police are not treating McDermid's death as suspicious.

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