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

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A University of Manchester student has been found dead at his halls of resident on the university’s Fallowfield campus.

The man, a 19-year-old, was discovered on Thursday October 8 at around 5pm after police responded to a call for concern for his welfare.

Police entered the residence and the student, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene, Manchester Evening News reports.

In a statement from the University of Manchester, Dr Simon Merrywest, Director of Student Experience, confirmed the tragedy as unrelated to coronavirus.

Dr Merrywest also addressed the friends and family of the student and said his "utmost sympathies go out to them."

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."

Dr Merrywest also issued a statement on behalf of the family, who said they wish to see their privacy respected.

The family also wanted to confirm it wasn’t Covid-19 related, Dr Merrywest said, and added that the university is working with Manchester's Coroners Office.

He also said the university has an "extensive package" of "wellbeing support available to all students" that feel as though they may need it.

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In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "At around 5pm on Thursday, October 8, police received a report of concern for the welfare of a man at a property off Moseley Road, Manchester.

"Emergency services attended and a 19-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

"His next of kin has been informed.

"There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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