- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi State University student died early Saturday after falling from atop a video board at the school’s football stadium, landing on a concrete structure roughly 20 feet below, the local coroner said.

A statement from the university identified the victim as 21-year-old Andrew Scott Demboski of Ocean Springs.

Oktibbeha (ock-TIB’-eh-hah) County Coroner Michael Hunt said Demboski had suffered a head injury in the fall. He landed on a concrete structure high above the ground, complicating emergency workers’ efforts to remove him and get him aboard a helicopter waiting to take him to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It does appear to be an accidental death,” Hunt told The Associated Press, adding that the body was being set to Jackson for an autopsy.

Hunt declined to comment on how Demboski and two other students entered the stadium, referring those questions to university police. The university said an investigation was underway but no other information would be released until Monday.

“Andrew was a very talented student. Our campus is saddened by this loss on the day of Spring Commencement, and we all mourn Andrew’s passing and are keeping his family in our prayers,” the statement from university spokesman Sid Salter said.

Demboski was a junior environmental economics and management major.

Hunt said Demboski fell after attempting to walk on top of the video board at Davis Wade Stadium, stepping onto a part of the structure that didn’t support his weight.


Information from: WTVA-TV, https://www.wtva.com

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