N.Y.U. student reportedly high on mushrooms before fatal plunge
Titan Lee-Hai was an aspiring rapper.
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The student who fell 15 stories to his death from the rooftop of an N.Y.U. dorm on Jan. 27 was naked and high on hallucinogenic mushrooms, according to witnesses.
New York University and the New York Police Department Press Department this week both didn’t confirm reports by witnesses quoted in the Daily News and New York Post who said Titan Lee-Hai, 18, had been acting out of control in the Third North Residence Hall shortly before he fell to his death at around 3:20 a.m.
However, the Post reported that a law-enforcement source said, “He was on mushrooms.”
According to the Post, Shazi Khurshid, a fellow N.Y.U. freshman, said he was the last person to see Lee-Hai alive — and it was clear he was completely out of it.
“I was in the elevator, and he just walked in and punched me in the face. He was naked when he walked in,’’ said Khurshid, 19. “So, it was pretty obvious he was not in his senses.’’
Lee-Hai reportedly urinated on the ground floor before riding the elevator to the roof. He opened the roof door — triggering the fire alarm, and causing the dorm’s eventual evacuation — then fell or jumped. He was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.
A native of Trinidad, Lee-Hai was an aspiring rapper who went by the stage name Trizzykid. A music video for “Do It Like Me,” a song he performs with fellow rapper Ronz, is upbeat, and Lee-Hai looks happy in it.