UB student Jonah Snyder dies in medical emergency

Jonah Snyder, a 20-year-old junior communication major, died suddenly in Moline, Illinois last Wednesday after a medical emergency at a pro wrestling gym.

Snyder started to “feel ill” while training, according to WKBW. Instructors told Snyder to sit and called 911 for assistance. Snyder went into cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead.

Snyder took a semester off from UB and was attending the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy this semester, according to his close friend Jack Jerabek, a junior at SUNY Geneseo. Jerabek said he has no information on what exactly happened but said an autopsy is being done. UB has yet to release a statement or information on Snyder’s death.

“It was his first day of really working out and really going to classes and things like that for his program,” Jerabek said.

Snyder’s family and friends have started a GoFundMe and other community fundraisers to raise money to bring Snyder’s body back to West Seneca from Illinois.

Hannah Stein can be reached by email at hannah.stein@ubspectrum.com and on twitter at @HannahJStein.