WESTPORT — A 2009 Staples graduate and Staples Players actor died early Sunday morning after a fall from the roof of his New York apartment building, the New York Daily News reported.

Police said Noah Witke, 25, had forgotten his keys at Lincoln Center, where he was working for the New York Film Festival, and lost his balance while trying to climb onto the fire escape and into his Harlem apartment, according to the Daily News. He fell from the five-story building just after 5 a.m.

According to the report, Witke had been at a party for the closing of the film festival Saturday night and left a bar about an hour before his death after having a few drinks.

The 25-year-old Julliard School alumnus was working as an actor in New York City.

Staples Players Associate Director Kerry Long wrote in an email that she and Director David Roth met Witke as a sixth-grader playing an orphan in a Staples production of “Oliver!”

“From that first show, we knew that Noah was special,” she wrote. “Not only was he a fantastic dancer (a rarity for a middle school boy), but he was focused and kind. It was clear from the onset that Noah marched to the sound of his own drummer — people were drawn to him by his gentle heart.”

In high school, Witke joined the Players, where Long wrote he excelled at dramatic roles, including a memorable 2009 performance as Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet,” still among the directors’ favorite productions.

“He was a truly kind-hearted, free-spirited young man,” she wrote. “He treated people with respect and was extremely well-liked.”

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