University of Rhode Island Statement

Media Contact: Linda A. Acciardo, 401-874-2116 |

The University of Rhode Island is saddened to report that one of its international students, Suhail Habeeb, a graduate student in physics from India, died Sunday, Feb. 24, following an incident that occurred in a Tootell Physical Education Center pool on the Kingston Campus.

Staff from Campus Recreation, URI Police Department, and URI Emergency Medical Services responded to Tootell at about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. URI Police and EMS were dispatched and arriving units found lifeguards performing CPR on a male individual.  The individual was transported by EMS to South County Hospital where he was later identified and pronounced deceased.

The University extends its deepest condolences to Habeeb’s family, friends and colleagues. He had been enrolled at the University since Fall 2016.