Nigerian Born Binghamton Basketball Player Calistus Anyichie Dead by Drowning
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.