UB medical resident dies in fall outside concert venue

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A University at Buffalo medical resident died after falling from the stairs outside the Tralf Music Hall following a concert Monday night.

Police are investigating, but the Erie County Medical Examiner has determined 28-year-old Rajan Verma M.D. was killed in a terrible accident. Verma was a first year internal medicine resident at UB.

Rural Metro responded to the Tralf shortly before 11 p.m. on a report of “cardiac arrest.” EMTs found Verma at the bottom of the staircase. He was rushed to Buffalo General Hospital, but doctors there could not save him.

The Tralf is managed by Entertainment Services International. A spokesman said the concert had just ended and most of the crowd had already left when Verma fell. Other businesses nearby were closed, including the deli downstairs, and there were few other witnesses.

A spokesman for the building’s owner, Acquest Development, said they also believe the fall was accidental and offered their condolences to Verma’s friends and family.

Verma is from Elizabeth, New Jersey and graduated from St. John’s University, in New York, according to his Facebook page. UB medical school officials have reached out to Verma’s friends and family to offer their assistance and condolences. Counseling is available on campus for his peers.

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