(4-17-21) University of Cincinnati student John Foley’s death came just one day after the 21-year-old received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Foley was found Sunday at his off campus home by his roommates

The Ohio Department of Health is monitoring the investigation into Foley’s death. Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, the state health department’s chief medical officer has been briefed on preliminary findings.

Hamilton County coroner Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco commented on a preliminary Foley autopsy –

“I can tell you that we don’t see a direct connection between the vaccine administration the day before he passed away. We have found some additional findings on autopsy that are more likely to be his cause of death. We don’t see a direct connection, but are investigating to see if there is an indirect connection.”

Foley’s family released a statement:

“Our beloved son John Francis Foley is gone, and our family mourns the loss of this wonderful and sweet joy of our lives. While the facts remain unclear how he died, we are rejoicing in how he lived: caring for others, lit with God’s grace, and generous to all. We know the doctors involved are doing their best. We must be patient, and we ask everyone else to be patient too. John was going to be a doctor, so this is what he would want.

“we understand many want to know more about his death – we do too – but we ask people to understand that this is the time for our family to grieve in private. Thank you.”

The University of Cincinnati released the following statement:

“While we are not always able to address specifics about any individual student, we are always more than saddened to hear when any student passes away. As a campus, we mourn the loss within our community and, most of all, hold the family and friends in our thoughts and extend our sincerest sympathies. We ask that all in our community do the same.”

John Foley’s Obituary


The Angels came down from heaven on April 11, 2021 to collect for repose the soul of John Francis Foley, age 21. John was one of them, and the Lord could no longer bear Heaven without him.

John is the beloved son of Michael and Mary Beth Foley and the adored baby brother of Emma and Patrick Foley.

He was a graduate of St. Charles Preparatory School. Among John’s many accomplishments, he was a National Latin Scholar, Altar Server of the Year, Eagle Scout and National Honor Society Member. John was a junior studying Medical Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, and was on the Dean’s list every semester. In addition to being an excellent student, he was very active in the community and volunteered with the Saint Vincent De Paul Society, Breakthrough Cincinnati and the Parker Woods Montessori Public School. At UC, John was blessed to have met a group of amazing roommates and friends who John loved very much.

They will gather on Wednesday, April 14 for a Vigil at 8pm for John in Burnet Woods Park at the University of Cincinnati.

John’s family cannot thank them enough for being John’s family at UC. John was a generous, caring and loving friend. He was lit with grace from within that shown in his ready smile. John loved the Bearcats, but cheered for Notre Dame football second and loved going to games with his sister.

Along with his brother and sister, he is survived by his grandmother, Jeanne Foley; devoted aunts, uncles, treasured cousins and many lifelong friends from St. Timothy Parish. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Jack and Mary Patricia Thomas, paternal grandfather Donald E. Foley, and two cousins also called home too soon, Michael Paluga and Allison Herschel.

Burial was Friday at St. Timothy Church, 1088 Thomas Lane. Private burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, tribute may be made to the John Francis Foley scholarship fund at St. Charles Preparatory School. Visit www.egan-ryan.com to offer condolences.