Boston MA April 29 2012 A Boston College student was found dead in his dormitory on Saturday afternoon, university officials said.
Michael Gannon, 20, a sophomore from Lake Forest, Illinois, was found in his room in Walsh Hall, a dormitory primarily used to house sophomores, said Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn. Gannon was enrolled in the Carroll School of Management.
“The cause of death has not yet been determined, but police do not suspect foul play,” Dunn said.
Boston police responded to the dormitory at 150 St. Thomas More Rd. in Brighton around 2:31 p.m., said Boston police spokeswoman Officer Nicole Grant. Police are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause and manner of death, Grant said.
“Counselors are available to students this evening, and throughout the weekend,” Dunn said. “Members of the residential life staff, and campus ministers, will be walking through the sophomore dormitories this evening to provide assistance as needed.”
Gannon’s sister, Michelle, is also a student at Boston College, authorities said.
The incident is the most recent in a string of student deaths in the Boston area this month.
A 22-year-old Harvard College senior, Wendy Chang, was found dead in her room on April 21. The death was ruled a suicide.
Days before, Boston University graduate student Kanagala Seshadri Rao, 24, was found shot to death on a street in the Boston neighborhood of Allston.
Around the same time, a Suffolk University senior died after apparently jumping from a campus building.
On Saturday, Patrick Rombalski, the Boston College vice president for student affairs, informed students, faculty, and staff of the BC student’s death in a letter that was also posted to the school’s website.
“We ask you to pray for [Michael’s family] and his many friends on campus as they come to terms with this news,” Rombalski said.
Gannon’s family did not immediately return calls for comment.