Sunday, 25 Oct 2020

Manchester University student, 19, found dead at halls of residence

A UNIVERSITY of Manchester student has been found dead in his halls of residence.

Emergency services scrambled to the university's Fallowfield campus in Manchester at around 5pm yesterday.

The 19-year-old student, who hasn't been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, police said.

The university said in a statement the tragedy wasn't coronavirus-related.

Police said the force had initially received a reports of concern for the student's welfare, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The university said it was providing support to his family and friends.

In a statement from the university was also issued on behalf of the student's family Dr Simon Merrywest, director for the student experience at the University of Manchester, who said the death wasn't Covid-19-related.

He said: "We can confirm that very sadly one of our students was found deceased in their hall of residence at around 5pm on Thursday, October 8.

"We are providing all possible support to their family and friends and our utmost sympathies go out to them.

"The family have asked us to make it clear that this incident is not Covid-19-related and that they would wish to see their privacy respected at this difficult time.

"The university is working closely with the Manchester's Coroners Office, so we will not be able to comment any further.

"The University has an extensive package of wellbeing support available to all our students, the details of which can be found here."

An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned at a later date.

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