Earlier this week, tragedy struck Ohio State's campus when junior Austin Singletary passed away following the school's annual Mirror Lake jump. Initial reports suggested that he'd been pulled from the water after suffering from cardiac arrest. Those reports now appear to have been incorrect.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Franklin County coroner has "tentatively" determined that Singletary actually died of a broken neck - specifically, a C-5 vertabra fracture. Here's more:
The autopsy, which was done on Thursday, revealed a fracture of the C-5 vertebra, which would lead to paralysis of the arms, legs and diaphragm, causing death, said Coroner Anahi Ortiz. She said the injury was consistent with him hitting his head on something hard, such as the bottom of the lake or a rock.
Ortiz said Singletary survived for about two hours before dying at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. She added that the results are “very preliminary” and could be modified once Singletary’s medical history is completely reviewed and toxicology results — which would show any drug or alcohol use — are available. That’s expected to be complete in about six weeks.
As noted, the findings aren't definitive. But as you can imagine, it's becoming more and more likely that the 2015 jump will be the last.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Singletary's family and friends.