Death plunge stockbroker 'in inquiry at work'

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A City stockbroker who plunged to his death from a rooftop restaurant was involved in an inquiry at work, it was revealed today.

Oxford graduate Anjool Malde, 24, had been asked to leave early on Friday afternoon by bosses at Deutsche Bank but was expected to return to the office on Monday.

His body was discovered on the ground outside No 1 Poultry - home to Coq d'Argent - in London's Square Mile at midday on Sunday.

Mr Malde, who would have turned 25 yesterday, was a former BBC radio presenter and entrepreneur who co-founded events company AlphaParties.

He had planned to celebrate his birthday with friends at a champagne and canapes party in Soho bar Amuse Bouche tomorrow night.

A spokeswoman for Deutsche Bank said Mr Malde was "helping" the company with an IT-related inquiry.

She refused to go into details about the nature of the inquiry but said the broker was asked to leave work early on Friday and agreed.

According to the bank, he was not suspended.

She said: "We are deeply saddened by our colleague's death, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time."

A City of London police spokesman said: "Police have identified the man who fell to his death on Poultry on Sunday as Anjool Malde.

"His body was discovered by pedestrians at 12pm on Sunday.

"Police continue to investigate the incident, however it is not being treated as a suspicious death."

Coq d'Argent refused to comment, referring inquiries to City of London Police.

Tributes have poured in to a special Facebook page, describing Mr Malde as an "inspiration" and a "legend".

One friend, Ritika, wrote: "Devastated that we have lost such a talented person. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. You were truly the entrepreneurial legend. You are going to be greatly missed but all those memories will be cherished forever, may you rest in peace Jools x."

Another, James Woodrow, said: "Jools, I am shocked. You were an inspiration and a true role model of the 'can do' attitude to make things happen. You will be greatly missed by a lot of people."

Richie Hanrahan wrote: "A truly great individual and friend with an ambition and passion for life that I have failed to see in anyone else I have met. An inspiration to all those you encountered."

On his own website he said he had worked at Deutsche Bank since 2005 and was based in global markets, earning a ranking of 7th out of 239 salespeople in Thomson Extel 2009.

He also described himself as an amateur musician (keyboard, guitar, drums and vocals), video producer and photographer.

Mr Malde, whose parents live in Yarm, near Middlesbrough, was based in central London and Marbella in Spain, according to his internet profile.