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Woman who died at Ohio State graduation last fall identified

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the woman who died during her commencement at Ohio State University on Sunday.

Larissa Brady, 53, of Georgia, was pronounced dead at the scene outside Ohio Stadium by Columbus firefighters at 12:25 p.m. The coroner’s office identified her by her fingerprints. The coroner’s initial release does not indicate whether her death was accidental or intentional.

According to the 2024 schedule, Brady’s daughter was listed as a graduate honored Sunday at Ohio State.

The Ohio State University and its law enforcement department have released little information about the death that occurred during Sunday’s commencement ceremony. After the death, the university contacted all graduates and employees who had volunteered at graduation to offer counseling services, spokesman Ben Johnson told The Dispatch.

Sunday’s commencement continued uninterrupted as news of the death spread through the crowd.

University officials and commencement speakers — including social entrepreneur and OSU alum Chris Pan — made no reference to the death during the ceremony. Students leaving the graduation ceremony at the stadium walked past the area where Brady fell, which was still cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape.

This is a current news item and will be updated.

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