The University of South Carolina Upstate community is mourning the loss of one of its students. Anna E. Long, a 20-year-old junior nursing student, passed away suddenly on Monday morning. Autopsy results are pending; the expected cause of death is natural causes.
“We are greatly saddened to lose such a young, vibrant life,” said Chancellor Tom Moore. “Our hearts are heavy and our grief is profound. On behalf of the entire USC Upstate community, I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Anna Long. Please join me in remembering Anna and acknowledging what is truly a sad day for USC Upstate.”
A native of Clover, S.C., Long graduated from Clover High School in 2012. She was a member of Health Occupations Student of America (HOSA) and the marching band and was named Outstanding Senior Band Member. She currently served as secretary of USC Upstate’s chapter of Gamma Beta Phi, an honor and service organization, and was its incoming vice-president. In addition, she was an active member of the Student Nursing Association and Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU).
“Anna never met a stranger. People always complimented her on her beautiful eyes and her big, tender heart,” said David Long, Anna’s father.
“She loved her nursing education, and Anna would have made a wonderful nurse. She was always doing for everybody else,” said Peggy Long, Anna’s mother.
In addition to her parents, Anna is survived by her 11-year-old brother Andrew, grandmother Helga “Oma” Long, and two aunts Debbie Cook and Sylvia Price.
A memorial service will be held on the USC Upstate following burial arrangements, which are pending at this time.