Giovanna Canonici, an International Student at Columbia College, Passed Away Unexpectedly

Last Updated on October 12, 2023, 8:40 am

Giovanna Canonici, a sophomore at Columbia College, died unexpectedly.

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Giovanna Canonici, a sophomore at Columbia College, died unexpectedly. Columbia College dean Josef Sorett announced the heartbreaking news in an email to Columbia College Community on Wednesday.

Who was Giovanna Canonici?

Giovanna Canonici was a native of Brazil. She was an international student at Columbia College as a scientific research fellow to pursue her immense passion and curiosity for astronomy, rocketry, and space science, as described by Dean Sorett in the email.

She was a dedicated student who ‘hoped to use science to improve humanity.’ Her dedication led her to join Columbia Space Initiative, a student group focused on aerospace science, engineering, and outreach. Giovanna’s advisor shared that she hoped to make connections and collaborate with scientists worldwide to improve the world. He said, “Giovanna’s passion for science and humanity manifested in her curiosity, kindness, and empathy.”

What happened to Giovanna Canonici?

The details of her untimely death have not been made public. The email did not provide the cause of her death. Unconfirmed reports say she allegedly committed suicide, but no evidence supports that claim. Her family has not shared any information regarding her death.

Columbia College Community mourns Giovanna Canonici.

The Columbia College community mourns its cherished member. Giovanna’s untimely death has sent the community waves of shock and disbelief. In the wake of the tragic news of her sudden death, Columbia College has supported the grieving students and staff. The Counselling and Psychological Services and Religious Life Department of Columbia College provided the students space to reflect and seek support in the main lounge of Schapiro Hall on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Students can also contact Counselling and Psychological Services at Columbia University’s website. Students can also call for emotional support to CPS clinician-on-call at (212) 854-2878, who is available around the clock every day of the week.

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