Man found dead identified as USC Dornsife student

The 22-year-old man found dead Tuesday has been identified as Jonathan Bisignano, a senior international relations (global economy) major, according to a statement from Dani Byrd, interim dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, on Friday.

Bisignano, who is from Palos Verdes Estates, California, was found dead at 2:25 p.m. in 30th Street Court Apartments by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Department of Public Safety. DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said the cause of death was initially reported as accidental overdose but is yet to be confirmed by the L.A. County Coroner.

A member of the Zeta Delta chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Bisignano was also a member of the Trojan Investing Society and was working as an investment banking analyst for Harbor Ridge Capital, LLC. He was described as a “sharp and thoughtful student, as well as a friend to many” by Byrd in the statement.

Bisignano is survived by his parents, Angela and Gerard, as well as his brother, David. Memorial services have not yet been announced.


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.

This post was updated at 12:14 p.m. on May 4.