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Oct282010

Notre Dame Student Dies Filming Practice; Tweets Just Before Death

Photo Courtesy - WLS-TV(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- A 20-year-old junior from the University of Notre Dame died on Wednesday after a tower he was filming atop of was knocked over by strong winds brought on by a Midwestern storm.

Declan Sullivan was perched on the tower recording a football practice, when wind gusts of up to 51 miles per hour swept through the field, toppling the tower.  The junior from Long Grove, Illinois was transported to a South Bend hospital, but died shortly thereafter.

Notre Dame had previously moved practice indoors on Tuesday due to similar weather conditions.

The school's head coach, Brian Kelly, released a written statement saying, "Declan was a diligent student worker in our video department and had a tremendous personality and great sense of humor.  He brightened the days for all that had the privilege to work with him, and the Notre Dame football family will dearly miss him."

Shortly before his death, Sullivan took to his Twitter account, posting several eerie tweets on the site.  The first read: "Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I've lived long enough."  The second, posted less than an hour before the accident, read: "This is terrifying."

Notre Dame is planning a mass for Sullivan and has made counseling available for those who may need it on campus.

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