Preliminary Autopsy Sheds No Light On BU Student’s Collapse And Death

A preliminary autopsy report shed no light Monday on the cause of the death of a Baylor student who collapsed during the university’s annual half-marathon.

Daniel Jones at a Student Foundation Scholarship Banquet in April 2012. (Baylor University photo)

WACO (March 25, 2013)—A preliminary autopsy report shed no light Monday on the death of Baylor University senior Daniel Jones, who collapsed Saturday morning during the university’s annual Bearathon half-marathon and later died at a Waco hospital.

McLennan County Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson, who ordered the autopsy, said the preliminary report says the autopsy found no obvious cause of death.

He said he’s hopeful a toxicology screen may provide some answers.

Jones suffered from narcolepsy and was taking medication, a former roommate said Monday.

Jones, a marketing-management double major from North Richland Hills, collapsed Saturday morning on South 5th Street near the finish line of the race.

He was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center where he died about an hour later, the university said.

Funeral arrangements were announced Monday.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Home at 6001 Rufe Snow Drive in Fort Worth.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Life Church at 7508 Davis Blvd. in North Richland Hills.

A private gathering of friends and classmates was held Monday afternoon on the Baylor campus.

“Daniel was a bright young man with a strong faith who was very involved on campus as a member of Kappa Omega Tau fraternity and former member of Student Foundation,” the university said.

“Those who were close to Daniel knew how he overcame adversity during his lifetime including the loss of his mother at age 11 to a drunk driver,” the school said.

The Bearathon is an annual fundraising event for Baylor’s Student Foundation.

The 44-year-old foundation was created to cultivate student leaders, who are charged with recruiting prospective students, raising money for scholarships and fostering relations among alumni and students.

The 13.1-mile half-marathon and 5-K run attracted almost 2,200 runners in 2012 and raised nearly $69,000 for student scholarships.

"It's heartbreaking, it's tragic to lose anybody involved in an event like this that is high profile and raises money for student scholarships," said Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogelman.

"When you find out that it's one of your own it hurts tremendously. Our faculty, staff and students are heartbroken over the loss of Daniel," she said.

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