JJazz singer Lael Feldman, aka ‘Lael Summer,’ allegedly jumped to her death from the George Washington Bridge on Wednesday
Police in New York have identified the body of a troubled young singer who they believe jumped off the George Washington Bridge last week, police sources said, leaving the woman’s mother devastated.
Lael Feldman’s corpse was discovered floating near the rocks in Spuyten Duyvil Creek off the northern tip of Inwood around 2:40 p.m. Monday, sources said, adding that her remains have been positively identified.
“I’m in shock,” Feldman’s mother, Marla Mase, in a Tuesday interview said. “I cried, and I’m grieving, and I talk to her.”
She said the family was bringing photos of her daughter’s tattoos to the city Medical Examiner’s Office to match up with the body as the final proof, but a friend would be the one to actually enter the room and make the heartbreaking personal ID because the mom couldn’t do it.
Feldman’s tattoos include the word “breathe” on her wrist, wings on her ankle and a Jewish chai symbol on her hip.
The NYPD’s Harbor unit removed the body, which was dressed in a bathing suit, to the Columbia University Boathouse.
Investigators believe she jumped from the George Washington Bridge on Wednesday.
Lael Summer in concert
The young Brooklyn singer who was reported missing last week, struggles with depression and has been suicidal for a while, her family said.
Lael Feldman, 24, of Clinton Hill, went missing on Wednesday evening, and a jogger found her purse, shoes, phone and wallet on a bridge walkway, police said.
Marla Mase, said that given her daughter’s history of depression and “many suicide attempts,” she immediately assumed she’d jumped from the bridge.
“As soon as I heard George Washington Bridge I knew it,” she said. “What the f–k else would she be doing up there.”
Cops tracked down surveillance video showing Feldman, who performs under the name Lael Summer, walking from the New Jersey side of the bridge to the New York side.
“I guess she must have been walking back and forth,” Mase said.
“I’ve been preparing myself for this,” she said. “She has really been wanting out for a really long time, almost like her whole life.”
Feldman attended the University of Southern California’s Popular Music program and had released two albums. Her debut album, “Burden To Bear” was released in 2014.
Life In Color was Lael Summer’s second album, which was launched in 2015
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