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Junior Jake Scanlan dies

| Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A 20-year-old Notre Dame student was found unresponsive in his bed in Siegfried Hall on Wednesday morning, and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter, the University announced in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

Students spell out "JAKE" with candles at the Grotto in memory of Jake Scanlan who died Wednesday morningRACHEL O'GRADY | The Observer

| Students spell out “JAKE” with candles at the Grotto in memory of Jake Scanlan, who died Wednesday morning.

Junior Jake Scanlan was a mechanical engineering major from North Potomac, Maryland. According to the press release, fellow students and then emergency responders tried to resuscitate Scanlan after his roommate found him around 7:30 a.m., but were not able to revive him. There were no signs of trauma or foul play, and St. Joseph County Coroner Michael O’Connell, who responded this morning, will determine cause of death, according to the release.

“On behalf of the entire University, I extend my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Jake’s family and friends, and to his parents especially,” University president Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “I pray that they may find some solace in God’s grace, and support through Jake’s extended Notre Dame family. We mourn with them on this tragic occasion.”

In an email to students Wednesday afternoon, University vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said both the University Counseling Center (UCC) and Campus Ministry resources are available to all members of the Notre Dame community affected by Scanlan’s death.

“We realize that many of you may have been impacted by Jake’s death,” the email states. “The University Counseling Center and Campus Ministry are both available to offer their support to you and other members of our community.

“A campus memorial service is planned for tomorrow evening, Thursday, November 12, at 9 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.”

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