UPDATED: Man Who Died at FDU a Sparta Resident

Preliminary investigation indicates foul play was likely not a factor.

A 21-year-old male who died Wednesday during an overnight visit to Florham Park campus has been identified as a Sparta resident, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Patrick A. Parisi Jr. was found unresponsive Wednesday afternoon in a friend's dorm room and later pronounced dead at Morristown Hospital.

Foul play does not appear to be a factor, Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said in a prepared statement Wednesday night. The investigation remains ongoing, Capt. Jeffrey Paul, a spokesman for Bianchi, said Thursday morning.

The Florham Park Police Department responded to a 911 call indicating a male was found unresponsive inside a dorm room Wednesday shortly before 3 p.m., the prosecutor's office said.

The male was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, the prosecutor's office said.

According to the prosecutor's office, a preliminary investigation revealed the victim arrived on campus Tuesday night and stayed with a friend who is a student at the school. When the roommates returned from class on Wednesday afternoon, the 21-year-old was found unresponsive, the prosecutor's office said.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office Major Crime Unit along with the Florham Park Police Department, Morris County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Section and the Morris County Medical Examiner's Office remained on campus Wednesday night.

"The untimely death of any young person is troubling," Bianchi said in the statement. "Although this matter remains under investigation, our preliminary assessment at the scene does not suggest foul play."

The school in a statement said it was cooperating with local authorities in the investigation and referred questions to Florham Park Police.

A total of 2,500 undergraduates and 900 graduate students attend the college, according to information on its website.

Campus Provost Kenneth Greene in a statement confirmed the victim was found in York Hall.

"At this time there is no indication there is a threat to the security of the campus community," he said.

Greene said the Dean of Students and the Campus Life and Counseling Center staffs are available for support Wednesday night and throughout the day Thursday.


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