Drexel University Indian American medical student dies while jumping across rooftops

A Drexel University medical student died on Jan. 11 while jumping across rooftops in Philadelphia’s Spring Garden section. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer and other local papers and TV channels, Vivek Subramani, a third-year Drexel College of Medicine student, fell from a second-floor balcony.

News reports, citing police, say that Subramani, who grew up in South Brunswick, New Jersey, fell two stories, hitting his head on the ground. People with him reportedly performed CPR until medics arrived and took him to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He was pronounced dead a few hours later.

Police told the media that the students had been drinking at an event earlier in the evening and were rooftop-jumping when Subramani plunged to the ground shortly before 2 a.m. No evidence of narcotics was found and there were no signs of foul play, police said.

According to Subramani’s LinkedIn page, he graduated from Drexel University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences before entering medical school there. He attended South Brunswick High School in New Jersey where he was on the varsity tennis team and was a member of several clubs including the American Red Cross, the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and the Science Honor Society. He also worked as a tutor at Kaplan Test Prep.

On behalf of the entire Drexel community, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Vivek. There are no words to express the sense of loss when any young life is cut so short, and especially for someone with so much promise,” Drexel President John Fry said in a statement.

“There are no words to express the sense of loss when any young life is cut so short, and especially for someone with so much promise,” Fry said.

A GoFundMe page started by the Philadelphia chapter of the Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity described Subramani as “a son, a brother, a friend and a beloved member of many communities including Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity.” It said Subramani was “a bright, young and caring man who was so close to achieving his dreams of becoming a doctor.”

According to a note from the Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, posted on the GoFundMe page, the funds collected will be used to create an annual scholarship for aspiring medical students at the Drexel University College of Medicine to help them reach their dream of becoming a doctor.

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