Coroner: Southern Miss student fell from 11th floor hotel window

Cole D. Whaley

A final cause will be announced following an investigation and toxicology results, Rouse said in a statement earlier this week.

One witness said Whaley was yelling and screaming in the hotel room before his fall.

Pictured, Cole Whaley University of Southern Mississippi student.

Cole Whaley, a university student who authorities said fell to his death through a hotel window, repeatedly yelled "let's go swimming" and rammed into the window before it broke, a witness reportedly told police.

A Southern Miss student in town for a fraternity event plunged to his death from the 11th floor of the DoubleTree Hotel early Saturday morning.

The University of Southern Mississippi told Hattiesburg news outlets that Whaley was from Mobile, Alabama, and was in New Orleans for an off-campus function of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. An autopsy revealed that Whaley suffered multiple skull fractures and subdural hemorrhage.

A spokeswoman for the the coroner's office said New Orleans police had initially classified the death as unusual but later classified it as a Signal 29, or death.

A Pi Kappa Phi member also told Hattiesburg's WDAM-7 that the incident was a "freak accident, the window shattered, it was a real bad accident".

Eddie Holloway, Southern Miss dean of students, released a statement Saturday regarding the incident.

Whaley died of blunt force trauma, though there is still no official word as to whether he had ingested alcohol or other substances.

Services for Cole Durham Whaley will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Spanish Fort United Methodist Church in Spanish Fort, Alabama, with visitation preceding from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

'One of the smartest and most selfless players to put on a Toro uniform!' the caption read. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Cole's family and friends". "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young man and we continue to offer our honest condolences as they manage through this ordeal".

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