The Empire State Building stands tall on the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York
Midtown trader Edmund Reilly threw himself under a trainREUTERS

A New York trader has become the seventh employee in some of the world's major financial cities to commit suicide this year.

Vertical Group trader Edmund Reilly jumped in front a hurtling commuter train at 6am near the Syosset train station, according to the New York Post.

Passengers on board the express train spotted 47-year-old Reilly, who was declared dead at the scene, standing by the tracks before he jumped in front of the train.

Reilly's identity was confirmed by Salvatore Arena, a Long Island Rail Road spokesperson, who said an investigation into the incident was continuing.

Rob Schaffer, a managing director at Vertical, told the NYP: "Eddie was a great guy. We are very upset and he will be deeply missed."

Death in the city

Jp Morgan Hong Kong
 Li Junjie, 33, of JP Morgan, leapt to his death soon after this photo was taken.

Edmund Reilly's suicide follows at least five other deaths of financial professionals this year. 

■  Autumn Radtke, 28, the CEO Bitcoin exchange First Meta, was found dead on February 28 outside her Singapore apartment. She had jumped from a 25-story building, authorities said.

■  Li Junjie, 33, JP Morgan employee leaped to his death from the roof of the company's 30-story Hong Kong office tower, authorities said. Photos showed Junjie on the building's roof moments before he jumped.

■  Gabriel Magee, 39, an IT vice president at JP Morgan fell to his death from the roof of the bank's 33-storey office in Canary Wharf on 28 January.

■  Mike Dueker, 50, a chief economist at Russell Investments, was found dead at the side of a road in Washington State on January 31

■ William Broeksmit, 58,  was found hanged at a house in South Kensington, London on January 26. He was a former senior risk manager at Deutsche Bank. 

Source: IBTimes UK archives