BEIRUT: The district attorney’s office in Middlesex, in the American state of Massachusetts and the state medical examiner’s office continued to investigate the mysterious death of Lebanese graduate student Hadi Kasab.
Kasab, 23, was a second-year graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focusing on computation for design and optimization. He was found dead in his room in the university-owned Sidney-Pacific housing complex in Cambridge Thursday night, officials said.
MIT said in a statement that standard procedure was being followed in Kasab’s death, and that campus police have determined that there was no threat to the community.
MIT also mourned the loss of Kasab. In an email to the MIT community Friday, President L. Rafael Reif announced that Kasab had died.
“In this painful time, our hearts go out to Mr. Kasab’s family and friends,” Reif wrote in a letter to the MIT community. “Moments of sadness like this one reveal the very meaning of community. We share sadness together as surely as we celebrate our successes. When we draw together, we gain strength from each other. As we absorb the news of this loss, I hope we will all take time to reach out to those around us,” he added.
“As plans to commemorate Mr. Kasab develop, we will share them,” Reif added.
Kasab worked at the MIT Gas Turbine Laboratory, which conducts research on advanced propulsion systems and turbomachinery, according to the lab’s website. Officials there could not be reached by The Daily Star for comment.
The school is offering support to students affected by the death.
A resident of Sidon, Kasab finished his high school studies in 2008 from the Islamic Makassed High School in the southern coastal city. He then enrolled in the American University of Beirut and was granted a scholarship to follow up his studies and specialize at the prestigious MIT.