LOS ANGELES - A man died after falling several storeys in a Hollywood shopping mall while apparently attempting to slide down the banister of an escalator, authorities said.

The victim's friends told officials investigating the Saturday night incident at the Hollywood and Highland Center that the man "had been drinking quite a bit," said Los Angeles police officer J. Boyer.

Boyer said the man lost his balance and plunged several storeys onto the steps of a moving lower-level escalator.

The man was not identified. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead from a head injury.

The Hollywood and Highland Center also holds the Kodak Theatre, where the Academy Awards are held.