Students on the The Mississippi State campus are grieving this weekend after a student died after falling off the school’s football stadium Jumbotron.
According to reports, Andrew Demboski plummeted to his death early Saturday morning during an ill advised climb atop the massive electronic scoreboard.
Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt said Demboski fell 18 feet from atop the Jumbotron to a concrete catwalk below, University officials have confirmed.
Hunt told InsideEdition.com that the awning on top of the scoreboard is not built to walk on and it collapsed under Dembowski’s weight.
He hit his head on impact but was alive when emergency crews were called at 1:30 a.m. However, the 21-year-old went into cardiac arrest as crews worked to get him down from the catwalk, Hunt said.
Demboski’s girlfriend Marissa Gonzalez also paid tribute to him, writing on Facebook: ‘He was a very simplistic guy who made you laugh under any circumstance.
‘That boy and I shared something that I only thought happened in fairy tales.
I love him more than words can say and appreciate all the love and prayers.
‘I’m praying for him and his family for peace. His family lost a brother, son, grandchild and cousin.
In a statement, the university described Demboski, a junior environmental economics and management major, as a ‘very talented’ student.
‘Our campus is saddened by this loss on the day of Spring Commencement and we all mourn Andrew’s passing and are keeping his family in our prayers.’
An autopsy and toxicology tests are set to take place.