Cause Of 32-Year-Old MSU Student's Death Remains Undetermined
An undetermined cause of death of a Minnesota State University, Mankato graduate student last Thursday has left classmates and local residents both saddened and concerned.
"On Jan. 4, 2018 at approximately 10:39 am we responded to a welfare check at 1801 Monks Ave. When we arrived we found a 32-year-old female victim that was not conscious," Mankato Public Safety's Cmdr. Dan Schisel says.
Patricia G. Anyango, an international student from Kenya, was unable to be resuscitated.
Rumors soon began circulating on social media saying tuberculosis was the cause of death, but those claims were dispelled by a basic preliminary investigation.
"I think there was some social media sites that indicated that this was maybe a factor and at this point we're not able to determine a cause of death," Schisel says.
Officials say they don't suspect any foul play at this point, and are waiting for autopsy results from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office.
MSU released a statement regarding Anyango's death saying, "The Minnesota State University, Mankato community was saddened to learn about the recent death of graduate student Patricia G. Anyango, an international student from Kenya who was studying creative writing. On behalf of the University, President Richard Davenport expresses his deepest sympathy to Patricia's family and friends."
The statement adds that the Counseling Center at MSU is available to assist students impacted by the loss of a classmate.