Death near campus to be investigated

The Los Angeles Police Department began an investigation into the death of an unidentified 22-year-old male near USC Tuesday afternoon.

After an initial response by the Department of Public Safety, LAPD began its investigation at 2:25 p.m.

The incident occurred at the 600 block of West 30th Street, according to LAPD media relations Officer Tony Im.

DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said that LAPD and the L.A. County coroner have taken control of the investigation.

“Initially, we were told it appeared to be an accidental overdose,” Carlisle said. “But that will be determined ultimately by the LAPD and the coroner.”

LAPD will notify the deceased’s family and determine when to make his name public.


The man was identified as Jonathan Bisignano, a senior majoring in international relations (global economy) in a statement from Dani Byrd, interim dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, to students, faculty and staff in the School of International Relations on Friday.

The L.A. County Coroner said Bisignano was 22, not 23 as previously reported.

In an email to the Daily Trojan, Gerard Bisignano said that his son had a hereditary heart condition and died in his sleep from heart failure. Gerard Bisignano said that he spoke with the coroner’s investigator and that no drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.

“Jonathan was known as a caring, smart and ambitious man,” Gerard Bisignano said.