A 22-year-old Gambian migrant, Pateh Sabally has drowned in Venice's Grand Canal as tourists and locals filmed the apparent suicide on their phones.
The young man was seen jumping into the water from a pier and swimming to the middle of the large canal.
Hundreds of people witnessed the leap and at least three life rings were thrown into the water near the man, but he refused to hold on to them, raising speculation he wanted to commit suicide.
No-one jumped in to help him and racist abuse was allegedly shouted at him.
Italian magistrates have opened an investigation into the incident after a video of the scene was posted on the Internet .The recording appears to pick up some bystanders yelling at the flailing man. 'He is stupid. He wants to die,' says one person.
One person allegedly shouted: 'Go on, go back home.'In the video, onlookers start to laugh and one man can be heard saying, 'Let him die at this point.'
Here is the disturbing video
Hundreds witnessed the migrant's death and later saw his dead body being pulled out of the water wrapped in a blue bag and tied to a ladder.
A taxi driver told local media: 'A young man threw himself into the water and two or three life jackets were thrown from the boat but he refused the help.'
A fellow cabbie added: 'This is despair. I do not know the story of this guy. They have said he is African. Who knows what he's been through, how many seas and deserts he has crossed? And he came to die in the most beautiful city in the world.'
Italian media said Sabally had residency papers for Italy.
I really wish the mental health issues for Migrants can be addressed so many of them are suffering from severe PTSD and Depression. RIP Pateh Sabally
Culled from DailyMail