URI graduate student dies following campus pool incident


SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The University of Rhode Island has confirmed one of its international students died over the weekend following an incident at a campus pool.

Emergency crews were called to the University of Rhode Island’s Tootell Aquatic Center at 4:30 p.m. Sunday to find lifeguards performing CPR on Suhail Habeeb, a graduate student in physics from India.

The school confirmed Monday that Habeeb was rushed to South County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The school did not provide any details on the cause of death.

“The University extends its deepest condolences to Habeeb’s family, friends and colleagues,” the school said in a statement.

Habeeb has been enrolled at the university since fall 2016 and is the second URI student to die this month.

Nursing student Dominque Franco was pronounced dead February 16 following a medical emergency at Zeta Tau Alpha house. Franco was the president of the female fraternity. 

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