On January 27th at approximately 3:20 a.m., nineteen-year-old Trinidadian Titan Lee-Hai fell fifteen floors to his death from his dormitory building in New York's East Village. Lee-Hai was a former student of St. Mary's College in Port of Spain and was a freshman at New York University. He was also an aspiring rapper who went by the name “Trizzykidd”. According to police reports, Lee-Hai may have been under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms before the incident; investigations are continuing.
Titan Lee-Hai had a very active social media presence (although, since his death, his Facebook fan page has been taken down) and there was a great outpouring of grief upon news of his passing, even from those who did not know him or his family personally. An R.I.P. Titan Lee-Hai Facebook page was created, and it was there that many offered their online condolences:
Paul Thomas wrote:
All the love I can muster to his parents and family. So sorry, so very sorry. Nothing we can do or say will bring him back. Please know that you are not alone in your heartache and pain. May God provide you peace over time.
Wendy Cadogan Charles added:
It is so sad to see someone with such great aspiration to greatness loses their life, Titan Lee-Hai I do not know you but I am also from Trinidad but live in the UK, your untimely passing has sadden (sic) me…God do not make mistakes, he has better plans for your gifted talents…Fly high and may your soul R.I.P.
The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in Trinidad & Tobago tweeted its condolences; Lee-Hai had participated in one of its competitions:
RIP to a rising talent. Young Titan Lee Hai entered our Science Music Video Competition 2013 with this video. https://t.co/4XNP3Yg2ZO
— NIHERST (@NIHERST) January 27, 2014
Others also expressed their grief via Twitter:
— #MrPantin |Musafa (@mrpantin) January 27, 2014
Titan Lee-Hai, a truly talented individual, filled with life and passion. I will miss you brother,… http://t.co/zqmkv3lr8c
— Shayad Captain Plexx (@CaptainPlexx) January 27, 2014
One of Lee-Hai's former classmates from St. Mary's College reminisced on their time together:
RIP Titan Lee-Hai aka Trizzykid remember this guy in form 6 when I now came in CIC.. One of the people that influenced me into loving music
— MƐИΛCHĪM ИƐDD (@mnedd101) January 28, 2014
Only God knows y he wanted you so early bro RIP Titan aka Trizzykid…. Entertain them in Heaven bro
— DJ Adam #2MV (@djadam2mv) January 27, 2014
A few Twitter users spoke to the questions surrounding the circumstances of Lee-Hai's death:
This Titan Lee-Hai situation bothering my spirit so much. So young, so much potential, so many unanswered questions.
— Nai (@VerbalFlair) January 29, 2014
Nothing anyone says can put a negative thought in my head about the exceptional human being Titan Lee-Hai was.
— Darien Subero (@dariensubero) January 27, 2014