Dr. Nasser Alexander Koucheki

September 14, 1992February 9, 2020
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Dr. Nasser Alexander Koucheki was born on September 14, 1992 in Silver Spring, Maryland and is lovingly remembered by his parents Gholamreza and Atousa Koucheki and his younger brother Armon Koucheki. Nasser and his family moved to North Carolina where he graduated from Green Hope High School. Nasser went on to study at North Carolina State University with his Bachelor‘s degree in Biological Sciences. Nasser was later accepted and attended Midwestern University at Phoenix in Glendale, Arizona. His graduation is scheduled for May 2020 in which he will be honored with his medical degree with a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. Nasser’s passion in medicine was to pursue a position where he could help athletes that experience repeated head trauma and would be at risk for developing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

In order to describe Nasser, it’s best to take words that he spoke himself during his NC State Commencement address at his 2014 college graduation. Nasser pointed out that he was a first generation American of parents who came from Iran and as a family they were learning what it means to be an American while at the same time, learning how to fit in. Nasser moved to NC when he was 9 years old. As Nasser said, “moving down here meant being part of the college culture as colleges are king.” Nasser was an avid sports enthusiast and spoke about how he had to “pick a team”. He noted that red was his favorite color and NC State had a “pretty cool mascot”, so he chose the Wolfpack of NC State University. Nasser was passionate about life and reminded everyone that “you need to be willing to work with others, count on others, and be a part of something bigger than yourself and once you are willing to embrace that, that is when you get the most out of your experiences and your life.”

Nasser said that while simultaneously looking back on the past and contemplating the future, he chose one word - “hope”. The two most important things were that he hoped his classmates made a good friend, someone who will always be a part of his or her life and he hoped that at least once his classmates got to experience pure unfiltered joy where they didn’t care what anybody thought.

Nasser often experienced pure unfiltered joy. Nasser was fearless. He would talk to anyone, and would do anything to make you laugh. He lived a life bigger than himself and, to use his words, “be confident and do all of the craziest things from your wildest dreams but always remember, be loud and be proud.” He was kind, caring and lit up a room with his quick wit, and pure enthusiasm for life.

Nasser was passionate about sports of all kinds but was particularly passionate about football and hockey. Even at a young age Nasser could list all professional football teams, the players and recite stats. He particularly liked the Washington Redskins and started attending games as often as possible around 7 years old. Once he moved to NC, he was immediately drawn to the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team. He was at so many Hurricanes games that he was recognizable to many players.

Dr. Nasser Alexander Koucheki, 27, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020 as a result of a car accident in Arizona.

Nasser has a very large extended family who meant everything to him. To apply his own words to his family “The strength of the pack is in the wolf and the strength of the wolf is in the pack.” He is lovingly remembered by his maternal grandmother, Parvaneh Tabnak of Gaithersburg, MD, his aunt Shari Tabnak of Rockville, MD, Farid Khordehpaz, Fariba Khordehpaz, Fariboorz Khordehpaz, Amir Khordehpaz, Medhi Khordehpaz, Solmaz Khordehpaz, all of Mehrshar, Iran and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins residing in the US and Iran.

He is also remembered by his paternal family including Reza and Sadigheh Koucheki of Chicago, IL; Dr. Mohammad and Rebecca Koucheki of Crossville, TN; Ali and Janine Koucheki of Cary, NC; Javad Koucheki, Roohi Koucheki, Majid Koucheki, Hosein Koucheki, all of Iran, and especially his cousins and their families: Leilea Koucheki Martin of Pike Road, AL; Cameron Koucheki-Motta of Nashville, TN; Cassidy Koucheki-Sellick of Atlanta, GA; Ashkon Koucheki of Winston-Salem, NC and Abram Koucheki of Winston-Salem, NC and his numerous aunts, uncles and cousins residing in the US and Iran.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 1:00 -2:45 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home in Raleigh. A Service Celebrating His Life will begin at 2:45 pm in the funeral home chapel, with interment to follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Flowers are welcomed; however, memorial contributions may be made in Nasser’s memory to was founded on behalf of Patrick Risha to help prevent Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy “CTE” in future athletes and military service members, to provide a resource for understanding the disease, how it is caused, and how to stop it.

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  • Armon Koucheki
  • Alex Thompson
  • Ashkon Koucheki
  • Abram Koucheki
  • Luke Nadkarni
  • Robert Jordan


  • Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Celebration of His Life Sunday, February 16, 2020


Dr. Nasser Alexander Koucheki

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Sahar Kazemzadeh

February 21, 2020

Nasser and I had a class together in middle school, and I still remember how he was always cracking jokes and making everyone laugh. He had a beautiful personality. May be rest in peace.

Eli Schriever

February 20, 2020

Nasser was one of the first people I met during medical school. I can still vividly remember walking through the line to sign in during orientation and seeing a table full of brand new students probably as nervous as I was. In the middle was this big loud beaming guy who you could tell just couldn’t wait to get started. His energy was infectious and it never let up over the nearly four years I knew him. Reading the other memories, much has been said of his positivity and enthusiasm, but I knew him as well to be somebody who looked out for everyone. When my father-in-law was diagnosed with end stage lung cancer toward the end of my first year, Nasser always made a habit of checking in with me every time he saw me to see how me and my family were doing. I knew he had his own things going on as well (we were medical students!), but that simple act of reaching outside himself meant worlds to me at the time.

Nasser was a good guy, and I considered him a good friend. Though I will not miss the odd looks from opposing fans at Coyotes games when he yelled passionately at a player or referee, I will always treasure the memories of fist bumps on our way into the library, or text message banter about our respective sports teams. My deepest condolences go out to his family, who lost a son in addition to all the other amazing things Nasser was to the rest of us: a friend, a physician, and a magnetic personality capable of drawing in and healing those around him. He will be missed!

Sassan Zarabi

February 16, 2020

Dear Reza and Atousa we are deeply saddened by your loss and pray that God bless dear Nasser’s soul and comforts you and the rest of the family during this time. We send our deepest condolences.

Regina Conrad

February 16, 2020

I knew Nasser as a kind, hilarious and selfless student doctor as part of the AZCOM 2020 class. One of my favorite memories of Nasser was helping him organize 3 charity soccer events we put on for our class to raise funds for a local charity. Each event he organized raised hundreds of dollars for local veterans charities in Arizona. At one event he rented a generator so we could have a fellow DJ in our class play music at the event and make it like a party. His drive to make an impact, fundraise and get his classmates together for some non-academic fun was truly the essence of who Nasser was. Hearing about this tragedy has been beyond devastating. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fellow AZCOM 2020 classmates. There is no doubt Dr. Koucheki would have been adored by his future patients and anyone he interacted with. Gone too soon, but never forgotten for your example of how to be awesome will live on in our hearts.

BillieJo Richards

February 16, 2020

Eman Afshar

February 16, 2020

I fondly remember Nasser as a rambunctious and larger than life personality. The picture below is the last time I saw him at his cousin's wedding. We had both been dancing soo much that we were exhausted by the time this photo came around but he was not going to let the party stop and he was trying to make sure that everyone continued to dance and have a good time. As I now read about his accomplishments and research through the eyes of his family I can't help but be even more saddened by the loss of such a brilliant and kind individual. Although he was very young he left lasting impressions on all those around him as evidenced by the multitude of memories left by his family and friends.My sincere condolences go out to his mother, Atousa, his father, Gholamreza, his brother Armon and his entire extended family. God Bless you Nasser, you will be missed.

Vonda Hart

February 15, 2020

Nasser was an amazing young man. I'll never forget his commencement speech at his, and my son Bryce's, graduation from NCSU. Such a sad loss. I can only say that his life was cut too short, becsuse he had an amazing future. I know God knows all, but this is so sad. To his family, I hope all the good memories help comfort you.

Betty Saye

February 15, 2020

Dear Koucheki family, my heart is so sad and heavy for all of you. I did not know Nasser except through Becky, Cheki, and their family. I’m so very sorry you are having to go through this. Reading all the comments and memories and seeing him at the girls weddings, I know he was a guy who loved life and his family. May God give you the comfort that only HE can give. There are no words to express the loss of a child, I’m still trying to make sense of losing Matt, but I’ve come to realize that I do not understand God’s plan, but I trust it and believe me it’s a day to day struggle for me. You have been and will be in my thoughts and prayers daily! Love, Betty Saye (Becky Koucheki’s cousin)

Gary Brown

February 15, 2020

Nasser was such a wonderful young man with so much to give, expecting nothing in return and loved his family so much. I am so sorry for your loss.

Hiral Desai

February 15, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength needed to get through this moment in your life.