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City whizkid 'was completely normal' just hours before jumping to his death from roof-top restaurant
UPDATED: 17:02 EST, 9 July 2009

The last friend to see the banker who leapt to his death from a restaurant terrace, has revealed today how he appeared 'completely normal' just hours before the tragedy.

 David Langer was with stockbroker Anjool Malde on the night before he plunged to his death on Sunday afternoon dressed in his favourite Hugo Boss suit and clutching a glass of champagne.

Mr Langer, a fellow Oxford graduate, said his events organiser friend, who worked at Deutsche Bank, seemed to be in good spirits and was his normal self.

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They spoke about Mr Malde's upcoming 25th birthday party, which was planned for tonight at the Amuse Bouche champagne bar in Soho followed by another at the nearby Maya club.
Mr Langer said: 'He seemed completely normal. He didn't say anything about problems at work or anything else that may have been getting him down.

'We went to a party together that night and then we went back to his. I saw him on Sunday morning when I left.'

He said it was a 'total shock' to find out what happened to his friend later that afternoon.
After leaving Mr Malde's flat near Liverpool Street station, the stockbroker went to lavish restaurant Coq d'Argent near the Bank of England. He paid in cash for a glass of champagne.

Still holding the glass, he walked to the roof terrace, climbed over a railing and jumped 80ft to his death.

Friends of Mr Malde, many of whom had been invited to two parties to celebrate his birthday today, were mystified why a man with so much to live for should take his own life.
But it emerged that two days before the tragedy, he had been told to 'leave his desk' at Deutsche Bank, where he had worked for the past four years - the first setback he had ever suffered.

Although he had been neither sacked nor suspended, he was said to be at the centre of an inquiry relating to an IT issue thought to be linked to the use of his work computer.

It was also claimed that the bank barred access to his Bloomberg account which would have left him unable to monitor the markets as he worked on hedge funds.

'Having access to Bloomberg denied would have left him in difficulty as a trader - he would have been left like a man trying to be a racing driver but without a car,' said one City insider.
A friend added: 'He may have gone away and brooded over the problem and taken things far too much to heart. That is the only explanation for this tragedy.'

A City of London Police spokesman said Mr Malde's mother Naina, an arts teacher, and father Bharat, a psychologist - were in 'deep shock' at the loss of their only son.

The couple live in a modest three-bedroom semi in Yarm, near Stockton-on-Tees. They were believed to have identified his body before an inquest was opened and adjourned yesterday.
In a statement they said: 'We are absolutely devastated. Equally we are so touched by the warm words from his many, many friends that alluded both to his tremendous talent and positive, lively spirit. He was an inspiration to so many. Style meant everything to him and that's how he chose his exit.'

Anjool 'Jools' Malde went to St Peter's College Oxford, where he studied geography and worked on two university newspapers and student radio.

At the same time he reviewed music and other arts for the BBC and was photographed with former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell after interviewing her for BBC local radio when she visited the Oxford Union.

When he graduated aged just 20, he revealed he had paid off his student loan by working during holiday periods.

Much of his early financial success came from internships at the City solicitors Slaughter-and May and the finance house ABN Amro. Such internships can earn students more than 600 a week.
Shortly before joining the bank he came second in the UK Graduate of the Year awards and told a newspaper: 'I have learnt that the sky is the limit since going to university - and that with successful time management skills, one can achieve so much more.'

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