Autopsy results have not determined what killed a UNC nursing student found dead in a UNC parking lot east of campus last fall.
Olutoyosi Layeni Fatolu, 41, of 6706 Harter Court, Raleigh, was found dead Oct. 30 in her car in the Friday Center park-and-ride lot off N.C. 54.
Police found Fatolu after getting a call from her concerned husband, officials said.
The autopsy from the state Medical Examiner’s Office did not find any significant natural disease or trauamatic injury. Fatolu did not have any past medical history, it says.
In similar cases, medical examiner Lauren Scott wrote, the cause of death is typically considered to be sudden cardiac death. More than 250,000 people in the United States die each year because of an irregular heartbeat, experts say.
Fatolu, a native of Nigeria, and her husband, Adedayo Fatolu, were living in Raleigh with their two children, according to the UNC School of Nursing.
She had worked as a nurse’s aide before starting to pursue her degree last summer. She had nine years of teaching experience in Nigeria and a master’s degree in social work. Friends remembered her as a quiet, spiritual woman, who was always smiling and active in her church, Deeper Life Bible Church in Raleigh, where she sang in the choir.