UPDATE: Former Stony Brook Student Dies on Campus

Police report death is non-criminal in nature; university to release more details.

Update, 1:10 p.m.: A message from SBU President Samuel Stanley informed the Stony Brook community that the individual who died Friday morning on campus, the result of "an unexpected and tragic circumstance," was a male former Stony Brook student.

He was reportedly found lying near the chemistry building unresponsive, and was later pronounced dead after being transported to Stony Brook University Hospital.

No further details were released in regards to how the death occurred.

The university president noted that investigation is continuing, though Stanley said that "all reports seem to indicate that there was no criminality involved."

The man's family has been notified, Stanley stated.

Update, 12:10 p.m.: Newsday is reporting that the Friday morning death reported at Stony Brook University was an apparent suicide, citing law enforcement officials.

Police confirmed earlier that the death was non-criminal in nature.

Photos of the scene surfaced on social media Friday morning, one coming from a SBU journalism assistant professor (warning: photo may be considered graphic).

SBU media personnal have said a statement will be forthcoming, though did not provide further details. 

Update, 9:40 a.m.: Suffolk County police confirmed Friday morning that one death on the campus of Stony Brook University has been reported, adding that it was determined it is non-criminal in nature.

A police spokeswoman said that campus officials would address the issue on Friday, and police had no further information to release.

Original story: Suffolk County Homicide Squad is conducting an investigation at Stony Brook University, near the graduate chemistry building, according to police.

Stony Brook University officials sent out two emergency alerts Friday, one at 6 a.m. and another at 8 a.m. The first message asked students and staff to stay clear of the area while campus police conduct an investigation, also noting that no threat to the campus was evident.

Another at 8 a.m. added that "there is no criminality suspected."

A Suffolk County public information officer noted that a call for assistance to the scene came in around 6:10 a.m.

Stony Brook media personnel did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Correction: This article previously stated that the deceased male was a SBU student. The note described the male as a former student.

Toadfish March 06, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Where are the follow up reports on this apparent suicide? It sounds like this poor man took his own life to make a statement about something, why isn't anyone hearing it? I hope that I am not alone in wanting to know who this person was and why they decided to do what they did. There are lessons that can be learned from their death that will hopefully teach us how to prevent this from happening again. Please comment if you agree. Please post if you have any additional reports.
Artislife March 08, 2013 at 03:02 PM
This person was a friend. A good hearted person who was always laughing. It's just Tragic because no one can hear/see the pain until the person is gone.


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