Combative college professor collapses and later dies

What happened?

Was Diane Coates murdered?

The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department is investigating the unexplained death of Diane Coates, 48.

On the evening of November 22, 2013, Mrs. Coates suddenly collapsed during a reception for the Barksdale Literature Conference.

EMTs transported her to the local hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.

Mrs. Coates was the special events assistant for the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education at the University of Mississippi.


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