Philanthropist falls to her death from her UES apartment building

Margaret Fagenson and Jane Pontarelli (credit: Annie Watt)

Philanthropist Margaret Fagenson has fallen to her death from the 14th floor balcony of her Upper East Side apartment building, according to the New York Post. Police are ruling her death a suicide.

Fagenson was known for her fundraising efforts on behalf of animal charities. Police have not released any information about why they believe Fagenson’s death to be a suicide.

Margaret and her husband, Robert, lived in the Henderson House co-op building on 86th Street and East End Avenue. Robert is the CEO of Fagenson & Co., a boutique investment firm and he made headlines in 2014 when he won $65,000 in the New York State Lottery. He had spent $5,800 buying tickets over 20 years, always using the same combination of numbers (which consisted of his wife’s birthday, his daughters birthdays and their wedding date).

“It is a very sad situation,” one of Fageson’s neighbors told the Post. “My wife knew her, and she always seemed happy. They have two daughters. Her husband is president of the [building] board and prominent in the building.” [NYP]