UMass Amherst Notified of Death of a Student

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts was notified today of the death of John E. Orsak Jr.

A senior majoring in sport studies, he was 24 years old and lived off campus in the Town of Amherst.

At this time, there has been no official determination of the cause of death. The Amherst Police Department is investigating, and in a statement said no foul play is suspected at this time.

Dean of Students Jo-Anne Vanin said the University community expresses sympathy to Orsak’s family and friends. "The death of a young person is always a sad occasion and a time for everyone to reach out and support one another as much as possible."