Death of Penn State student killed in nine-floor fall ruled accidental

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The Centre County coroner has ruled as accidental the death of a Penn State University student from Virginia who fell early today from a ninth-floor balcony at an apartment complex near the University Park campus.



Conor Macmannis, 20, a kinesiology major from Stafford, Va., died of head injuries, Coroner Scott Sayers said. A toxicology report is pending. State College police said in a statement released earlier today that their “preliminary investigation suggests drugs and alcohol appear to be a factor in the fall.”



Mr. Macmannis was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after he was found outside Penn Towers Apartments at 255 Beaver Ave., according to State College police, who are investigating the death. A report of the fall came in to police about 3:45 a.m.



“The death of any student is a terrible loss and we send our deepest sympathy to his family and friends,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said this afternoon. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic event.”



Student affairs staff have been in contact with the victim’s family, she said. Counseling is being offered to others on campus through the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services.



Police asked anyone with information about the death to call 814-234-7150 or submit an anonymous tip to the State College website.


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