By, Brenda Acuna |Coyote Contributor|
“Gross Pointe Blank” screenwriter Thomas Anthony Jankiewicz collapsed
and died last Wednesday while lecturing a class at CSUSB.
The 49-year-old Upland resident and his brother Pat Jankiewicz had
been invited to speak at a Psychology of Movies class when he grew ill
“He just laid his head down on the podium and I thought he was joking,
trying to imply that his brother was boring,” said one CSUSB student
who has chosen to remain anonymous. “But then Pat realized he wasn’t
and said ‘Tom stay with us. Can you hear me?’”
Shortly after collapsing, Jankiewicz received CPR before being rushed
to San Bernardino Community Hospital, where he was later pronounced
dead at 10:51 p.m.
“In the brief time I knew him, Tom struck as someone who was
incredibly generous with his time and knowledge,” said Psychology
Prof. James C. Kaufman. “He was funny and passionate … my class loved
“Tom had dozens of hilarious, fascinating, inspiring stories about
both the movie and his work in Hollywood in general.”
While the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office is currently citing
natural causes as the cause of death, no official cause is clear.