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COVID-19 'did play a role' in death of 20-year-old Grace College student, coroner says

Posted at 10:32 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 16:16:28-05

WINONA LAKE — Authorities in Kosciusko County officially have an answer for a 20-year-old college student who was said to have died with the coronavirus.

Bethany Nesbitt, a third-year student at Grace College, was found dead in her dormitory on Friday morning.

Nesbitt's father, Steve Nesbitt, took to social media on Saturday to express his grievances, in which he stated his daughter had died with COVID-19.

Nesbitt's father posted, in part, the following:

"Yesterday morning, my wife and I learned that our youngest child, Bethany (20), who was away at Grace College in Indiana, passed away during the night in her dorm room, apparently from Covid, from which doctors thought she was recovering well, but which was undoubtedly complicated by her asthma."

On Tuesday, the autopsy results came in from Anthony Ciriello, the Kosciusko County Coroner. Ciriello determined that Nesbitt had died due to a pulmonary embolus — a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs — that had not been previously detected.

The coroner said in a release to WRTV that "while COVID did play a role in contributing to the death it was not caused by COVID."

The Grand Ledge, Michigan native, was the youngest of nine children. At Grace College, Nesbitt studied to become a child life specialist and is said to be remembered "as an exceptionally thoughtful and kind young woman who loved the Lord and others well."

The Christian college, located 130 miles north of Indianapolis, held a gathering Friday afternoon to pray for Nesbitt's family and friends.