Saturday Falling Death Victim Identified as 71-Year-Old Woman

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The Alameda County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of Saturday’s falling tragedy as 71-year-old Nancy Jacot-Bell.

Bell was a recent resident of the facility having only moved into the assisted-living home a few days prior and described as a ‘temporary’ resident by an evening concierge employee.

Bayside Park spokesperson Jill Hofer acknowledged the facility has a community rooftop patio that residents are allowed to access where the victim is presumed to have fallen from.

It is unknown how Jacot-Bell got onto the roof of Bayside Park, or if she fell on accident or jumped. Emeryville Police noted there didn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

The facility is offering counseling services to its residents and staff and is working closely with authorities.

Bayside Park, originally “AgeSong” opened in Emeryville in 2010 and features 125 studio and one-bedroom assisted-living apartments.

Hofer noted they would not be releasing any further details but acknowledged the “exemplary leadership and service” of the Emeryville PD and other Emergency personnel.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


  1. It would be worthwhile to delve deeper into the life of Nancy Jacot-Bell. She was the wife of Herman Bell, who was released last month after decades in jail for the deaths of at least two police officers. He was a member of the Black Liberation Army and part of the San Francisco 8.

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