Name released of Riceland employee who died

Riceland Foods releases statement in employee's death

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The name of the Riceland employee who died at work on Wednesday, July 17 has been released.

Craighead County Coroner Toby Emerson said on Monday the body of 29-year-old Matt Branyan was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine how he died.

Emergency crews and Emerson were called to Riceland Foods at 216 Gee St. around 10:30 Wednesday morning.

When they arrived, they found Branyan unresponsive. Despite efforts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Riceland Foods released a statement to Region 8 News about the death.

“It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the loss of a team member. This morning a member of our maintenance department was found unresponsive at Riceland’s Jonesboro rice milling facility. Local emergency responders were on scene within minutes but unfortunately the team member passed away at a local hospital. The cause of death has not been determined at this time and we will work diligently with local authorities to determine the cause. We are withholding the name of the team member at this time to allow for proper notification of family. We ask for prayers for the family and the Riceland team during this difficult time.”
Kevin McGilton, Senior VP of Governmental Relations, Riceland Foods

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