Police Investigate Man's Death Following Plunge From Evans Hall

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A man died yesterday afternoon after falling from an upper level of Evans Hall, police said.

The death is being investigated as an unnatural death, said UC police Capt. Bill Foley. He said police have yet to rule out any cause of death.

"We're still looking at all possibilities," Foley said.

The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family by the Alameda County coroner, was found dead at the scene at 3:55 p.m., Foley said.

Paramedics from the Berkeley Fire Department responded to the scene but pronounced the man dead upon arrival, Foley said.

The Alameda County Coroner's office is expected to begin examining the body today, but a final cause of death may take several weeks to determine.

The man landed near the building's southwest corner, but police would not say from where exactly the man fell.

Ann Difruscia, a programmer at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, was standing outside the west end of the building when she said she looked up to see the man falling, slamming against the wall and hitting the pavement.

"It was a horrible thing to see," Difruscia said. "I couldn't believe it."

Two women came to the man's aid and unsuccessfully attempted to revive him.

"He didn't have a pulse," Difruscia said. "He had no chance."

William Chung, a UC Berkeley freshman, was also outside when he was startled by the incident.

"He was screaming all the way down," Chung said.

Evans Hall remained open as police cordoned off the area surrounding the scene, where the man's covered body was in open view, shocking many passersby.

The death comes three and a half weeks after a UC Berkeley student was found dead on the 9th floor of Evans Hall in what police believe was a suicide.

Another man fell to his death from Evans Hall in April 2000. Police labeled that incident a suicide as well. Six years earlier another person died after jumping off the building in an apparent suicide.

"I think there is some evil spirit in the building," Difruscia said.

A UC Berkeley spokesperson would not comment on whether the university is taking any action to help prevent future falls from the building.

Students interested in seeking counseling can contact University Health Services at 642-9494


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