Linda Holston has been identified as the Manhattan resident who jumped off a New York City high-rise with her dog this week. The 60-year-old woman, originally from New Mexico, was a community theater actress and sales rep. She died Friday after leaping from the roof of a 46-story luxury rental building on Tenth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, which police say was an apparent suicide.
Holston moved to NYC from New Mexico in 2017 and began her time as an actor for the William Esper Studio, one of the most respected professional actor training studios in America. After spending time training as an actor for the studio for nearly two years, Holston began her career as a Tele-Fundraiser for the Manhattan Theatre Club until the pandemic struck in early 2020.
Linda Holston’s profile on the acting website Backstage has her listed as a five-foot woman with brown hair and blue eyes. She began her acting career in 1981 when she studied at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California, a AA Theatre which is home to art, music, movement, and storytelling.
The actress has only been in two productions for the silver screen, including the TV show Conservations in Apartment 3A, as well as the short film Larry Larissa Linda. Her IMDB profile only lists those two acting credits, though Holston’s Facebook page says she was in a few stage productions during her career.
According to her Facebook profile, Linda Holston appeared in the off-Broadway play The Accidental Awakening, in 2019 while she studied at the William Esper Studio. While acting in the Big Apple, Holston also took care of her rat terrier, Jake, a lap dog who was about 16 and a half years old.
A receptionist at Pure Paws Veterinary Care in NYC claimed Holston brought Jake to the vet for regular care and that the dog was healthy for his age. Linda Holston jumped off the roof of an apartment complex where she lived – The Victory at 561 Tenth Avenue near 41st Street in Hell’s Kitchen – while holding Jake in her arms. She leaped off the 46-story NYC high-rise with her lap dog in tow, and police said both died from their injuries.
According to authorities, Holston left behind a handwritten suicide note which discussed stress, and investigators found bottles of pills in her apartment. One source claimed she took her life because of depression, though police are still investigating the cause of the suicide.
Before she jumped from the high-rise Linda Holston reportedly threw a paper airplane that landed on the roof of another Manhattan building. Dimitri Wallace was sitting on the roof when the airplane flew onto the roof and landed next to him. When he opened it up, he noticed notes handwritten on the wings.
“You are blessed,” was written on one of the wings. “Stay strong. You’ll get through this!” was written on the other.
Wallace says “it landed on my roof up here, like directly above. I was like ‘Oh s—it, is somebody OK?’” The man then referenced the suicide, saying that “Yo, that’s crazy that somebody like threw this note and then this literally happened like right after. I just saw it, and I was like ‘Oh, that’s weird.’”
A resident of Holston’s building mourned the loss of the New York City woman. The fellow dog owner said “she was so sweet” and said they teared up after learning Holston was the suicide victim.
Linda Holston’s r Facebook page is also filled with other New York City opportunities Holston took advantage of. She posted photos of herself at Yankee games and Broadway plays. She also attended zoos and the New York Botanical Garden. Before moving to New York City, Linda Holston worked a series of jobs in sales, including work as a sales associate and sales consultant.
Anyone considering suicide should contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or can chat with someone live on its Web site.