UMass Amherst Undergraduate Dies; No Evidence of Foul Play

AMHERST, Mass. - Andrew J. Brown, 19, of Jefferson, Mass., a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, has died. It was announced by Jo-Anne Vanin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

An engineering major, he was found unconscious in his room in Cashin residence hall about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, by a friend. Vanin said there were no signs of foul play.

University police were called and an ambulance from Amherst Fire Department responded. He was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning, Dec. 1.

The case is under investigation by the University police, the District Attorney''s Office, and state police, in accordance with state laws governing unattended deaths.

Vanin said counselors were on hand to talk to friends and acquaintances, and that chaplains and other resources are available to students, faculty, and staff through the Dean of Students office in Whitmore Building at 545-2684.

She said: "The death of any young person is hard to explain and accept. All of us extend our deepest sympathies to Andrew''s family and friends. At times like this, we need to reach out and help one another as we deal with this loss in our own ways."

Funeral and memorial services will be announced as soon as they are available.