Student Dies at UMass Amherst; Police Report No Evidence of Foul Play

AMHERST, Mass. - Matthew P. Mark, 19, of Seattle, Wash., a sophomore exchange student at the University of Massachusetts, has died. Mark’s death was announced by Jo-Anne T. Vanin, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students.

University police responded to Mark’s room in Hamlin residence hall at about 7:30 a.m. this morning, after his roommate discovered him to be unresponsive. Mark was transported by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There is no evidence of foul play, according to Acting University Police Chief Barbara O’Connor.

O’Connor says Mark’s death is being investigated by UMass police and state police attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, in accordance with state laws governing unattended deaths.

Vanin said, “The UMass community is saddened by Matthew’s death. We extend our sincere sympathies to his family and friends.” Vanin added that staff from her office and Mental Health Services are available to assist students.

Mark was a sociology major, on exchange at UMass from the University of Washington.