Student collapses and dies of cardiac arrest at SRC

Michelle Dominguez

A memorial service will be held for CSUN student Michael Ahmad Jabali who died of cardiac arrest in the Student Recreation Center (SRC) last Monday.

Jabali was last seen running around the SRC indoor track on the third floor where he collapsed.

Nicole Karaan, president of the Lebanese Student Association (LSA), in which Jabali was a member, said she saw the body before it was taken away and recounts seeing bruises on his face due to him falling face first after trying to get up prior to his heart attack. He died before paramedics could arrive at the scene.

The service will be hosted by the LSA.

The 23-year-old graduating senior was a biology major and a pledge for the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi, and had hopes of becoming a doctor.

Club Treasurer Arman Zabounian remembers Jabali as a humble optimist, a man who was dedicated to his family and extremely loyal to his friends.

“If he was eating something he would share it with everybody even if there was nothing left for himself,” Zabounian said.

Jabali’s family resides in Lebanon except for his older sister who he was currently living with. Some of his relatives are planning to attend the memorial, along with LSA president and the Pi Kappa Phi president, who will say a few words.

Karaan said the memorial will begin with a call to prayer, in accordance with his Muslim religion, then a powerpoint presentation and an open forum for those who knew Jabali and want to talk about his passing.

LSA requests that guests be sure to look for two donation boxes that will be present throughout the memorial.

One of the boxes will go straight to Jabali’s parents who wish to ship their son’s body back to Lebanon and the other will be given to the American Heart Association. The campus community will be able to continue making donations to the heart association until the spring.

To celebrate Jabali’s life, the LSA will hold the memorial ceremony Monday Oct. 7 at 7p.m. in the Northridge Center.