Medical Examiner Announces Cause of 1997 Death of UMass Amherst Graduate Student from Nigeria

AMHERST, Mass. - The Chief State Medical Examiner has issued a ruling on the death of Anthony S. Nsiegbunam, a 28-year-old graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, who collapsed and died in a campus parking lot on Feb. 22, 1997. The medical examiner said the cause of death was a rare congenital condition in his right coronary artery that caused the artery to narrow under stressful conditions such as exertion, John Luippold, UMass police chief, said.

Nsiegbunam, of Nigeria, was found unconscious in Parking Lot 71 just before 11 a.m. on Feb. 22. He was given CPR at the scene by an ambulance crew from the Amherst Fire Department and taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Nsiegbunam entered UMass in the fall of 1996 in the political science department. He had previously been an intern at the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper in Northampton.