Ottawa police are calling the death of a young man who fell from an eighth-floor balcony suspicious.

Police were called to an apartment building on James Street in Centretown around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Witnesses say it appears the man fell from a top-floor balcony at the rear of the building, landing on a car parked below.

The victim was rushed to hospital where he later died. Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident.

The victim's name has not been released.