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Junior Declan Sullivan dies in accident

Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Junior Declan Sullivan died Wednesday when a film tower fell over during football practice. He was 20.

The accident happened around 4:50 p.m. at the LaBar Practice Complex, located on the southeast side of campus, according to a University press release.

Sullivan was a resident of Fisher Hall. He was filming a football practice at the LaBar Practice Complex as part of his job for the Department of Athletics’ video crew.

Sullivan was a writer for The Observer and frequently contributed to the Scene section.

University President Fr. John Jenkins notified students in an e-mail Wednesday night.

“No words can convey the shock and grief we all are experiencing. Declan was a well-liked, bright and enthusiastic film and marketing student and a valued member of the Notre Dame family. His death is a tremendous loss that will be felt very deeply and we share in your grief during this incredibly difficult time,” Jenkins said.

Sullivan was filming from a hydraulic scissorlift when the incident occurred. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he later died.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss,” Jenkins said in an earlier statement. “Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family’s grief.”

The cause of the accident is being investigated.

The University will gather tomorrow for a Mass of Remembrance at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 10 p.m.