A freshman at Southern Methodist University died Wednesday for unknown reasons, campus officials said Wednesday.
Jordan Crist, 19, was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas at 11:05 a.m., two hours after a student found him unresponsive in a friend's dorm room on campus, according to SMU spokeswoman Patti LaSalle. The cause of death is unknown, but foul play is not suspected, she said.
Mr. Crist, who is from Hinsdale, Ill., was a pre-business major in Dedman College, SMU's liberal arts college.
Ms. LaSalle said that SMU police and University Park paramedics tried to resuscitate Mr. Crist before he was taken to Presbyterian Hospital. The Dallas County medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.
This is the second time an SMU student has died on campus this school year. In December, Jacob Stiles was found dead in his room at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on campus. The medical examiner later determined that Mr. Stiles, a sophomore from Naperville, Ill., had accidentally overdosed on a mixture of cocaine, alcohol and the synthetic opiate fentanyl.
Hinsdale native dies in SMU residence hall
Campus police find no indication of foul play in freshman’s death
A Hinsdale native and freshman at Southern Methodist University in Dallas was found dead Wednesday in a campus residence hall, authorities say.
A fellow student found Jordan Crist, 19, a graduate of Hinsdale Central High School, unresponsive on Wednesday morning, school authorities said in a news release.
Crist was pronounced dead at Dallas’ Presbyterian Hospital after resuscitation efforts by campus police and University Park paramedics, school authorities said.
A preliminary investigation by campus police indicates no foul play, authorities said.
The cause of death is unknown and pending test results from an autopsy done Wednesday, a spokeswoman from the Dallas County medical examiner’s office said Thursday.
It could take from eight to 12 weeks for them to come in, she said.
“This is a huge loss for our family,” said Crist’s brother, Seth Crist, when reached at home Thursday. “We are shocked and devastated.”
In a statement, SMU leaders said the entire community is “diminished by this loss.”
“SMU extends its deepest sympathy and prayers to Mr. Crist’s family and friends,” it said.
A Web page titled “RIP Jordan Crist” had been created on the popular networking site Facebook, which by Thursday was filled with messages from his friends.
“Jordan, you gave such positive energy, your smile was so warm, you had such a big heart,” wrote a poster who identified himself as Randy Daniels from DuPage. “You will be truly missed man. You were so, so nice and compassionate it blew me away.”
Another message, posted by someone who identified himself as Jason Maxwell of Marquette, read:
“Jordan, you are the only guy I know who could instantly make friends with anyone. If the whole world was made out of people like you, then we would have a perfect world.”
Crist is the second SMU student — and the second from Chicago’s Western suburbs — to die on campus this year.
Sophomore Jacob Stiles of Naperville was found dead in his fraternity house in December. The medical examiner determined he had overdosed on a combination of drugs and alcohol.
A wake will be held for Crist from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Gibbons Elliston Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., in Hinsdale.
The college held its own memorial service for Crist on Thursday.
Jordan Crist, a Hinsdale Central High School graduate who was found dead earlier this month at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, died from alcohol poisoning.
By Seth Ufheil
Hinsdale Suburban Life
Thu May 24, 2007, 05:39 PM CDT
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A Southern Methodist University student from Hinsdale, who was found unresponsive in a friend’s dorm room earlier this month, died of alcohol poisoning.
Jordan Crist, 19, a 2006 Hinsdale Central High School graduate, was ruled by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office to have died from accidental acute ethanol poisoning. The cause of death was released Wednesday.
Crist’s blood alcohol level was 0.40, or five times the legal limit of .08, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Two hours later he was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
Crist, a freshman, was a pre-business major. His family believed his death resulted from complications associated with his diabetes.
The medical examiner’s office, however, said diabetes was not a factor in Crist’s death.
University spokesman Kent Best said campus police had found no evidence to indicate foul play in the matter. He had no information on whether other students had been drinking with Crist or if the drinking had taken place on campus.
“Like most colleges and universities throughout the nation, SMU must face the issue of alcohol and drug abuse among some of its students,” Best said. “We are continually updating and adding programs to educate students about the dangers of substance abuse and offer resources for intervention and assistance.”
Crist is the third SMU student whose death has been connected to alcohol or drugs since December.
Hinsdale resident died in dormitory
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Teen found in dorm had five times legal limit in his system
A 19-year-old Southern Methodist University student who was found unconscious in a dorm this month died of alcohol poisoning, the Dallas County medical examiner's office said Wednesday.
Jordan Crist's blood alcohol level was 0.4, or five times the .08 legal limit, when he died, according to the medical examiner's office.
He's the third SMU student whose death has been linked to either drugs or alcohol since December.
Kent Best, an SMU spokesman, said the university found out about the medical examiner's ruling in Mr. Crist's death from the campus newspaper's Web site Wednesday afternoon.
"Like most colleges and universities throughout the nation, SMU must face the issue of alcohol and drug abuse among some of its students," Mr. Best said. "We are continually updating and adding programs to educate students about the dangers of substance abuse and offer resources for intervention and assistance."
He said campus police have found no evidence of foul play in Mr. Crist's death. He also said he had no information on whether there were other students drinking with Mr. Crist or how much of the drinking happened on campus.
Mr. Crist was found unconscious in an SMU dorm room May 2. He was pronounced dead two hours later at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
Mr. Crist, who was from Hinsdale, Ill., was a pre-business major in Dedman College, SMU's liberal arts college. Mr. Crist's family had said that they believed his diabetes insipidus, or water diabetes, probably caused his death.
Jeffrey Barnard, head of the medical examiner's office, said the investigation determined that Mr. Crist's diabetes insipidus was not a factor in his death. He said Mr. Crist had a bruise on his head "that could be consistent with a fall, but there was no lethal injury."
Dr. Barnard said that "0.4 is a lethal level for anyone. Our review of his medical history indicated that he had not been having recent complications from his diabetes insipidus."
Mr. Crist's family declined to talk about the findings Wednesday evening.
In December, Jacob Stiles was found dead in his room at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on campus. The medical examiner later determined that Mr. Stiles, a sophomore from Naperville, Ill., had accidentally overdosed on a mixture of cocaine, alcohol and the synthetic opiate fentanyl.
Earlier this month, the body of 21-year-old Meaghan Bosch was found in a portable toilet in Hewitt, about 100 miles south of Dallas. Authorities investigating her death believe drugs may have been involved.
Staff writer Emily Tsao contributed to this report.
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