Nigerian Born Binghamton Basketball Player Calistus Anyichie Dead by Drowning

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Calistus Anyichie, a Nigerian-born basketball player died on Sunday after he got drowned at Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York. 

“There is no blueprint for how to deal with such a painful loss,” Binghamton coach Tommy Dempsey said in a statement. “We all love Calistus so much. He was a special young man. We are all devastated.”

According to local authorities, Anyichie’s body was found at the base of a 15-foot bank. Emergency crews used a rope system to pull his body out of the ravine after 5 p.m. on Sunday.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Calistus,” Binghamton director of athletics Patrick Elliott said. “Calistus was a bright and engaging young man with an infectious smile. He loved his academic studies at Binghamton and embodied the exceptional spirit of being a student-athlete at our University. This is a heartbreaking tragedy. Our sincere condolences go out to his family, teammates and fellow student-athletes.”

Originally from Nigeria, Anyichie lived in Short Hills, New Jersey, before he started attending Binghamton University. He attended St. Mary-Assumption High School, where he played basketball for three years, was the team captain and was selected all-conference as a senior.

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