The 47-year-old fell eight metres to his death from the balcony of his second floor apartment in the Surpian area of Saint-Marcel, a town of 1,227 residents.
After having breakfast with his wife and two children, the man went to shake the crumbs off the tablecloth over the balcony, Valdaostalocal.it reported.
But the tablecloth slipped from his hands, and he reportedly fell over the balcony as he tried to retrieve it.
He died instantly, the local news website reported, adding that the man “was very well known and respected in the town”, where residents are still trying to come to terms with his death.
His funeral was due to take place on Wednesday.