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USC freshman dies after passing out in her dorm room

November 30, 2010 | 10:07 am

An 18-year-old USC freshman has died after passing out in her dorm room, authorities said Tuesday.

The cause of death of the student, Rachel Victoria Kim, 18, of Brookville, Md., had not yet been determined, said Capt. John Kades of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Officers responded to a call on Nov. 24 about 8:40 p.m. of a student not breathing in a room at Pardee Tower, a residential hall, said Capt. David Carlisle of the USC Department of Public Safety.

Officers found Kim unresponsive and not breathing. Paramedics administered first aid and took her to California Hospital, where they were unable to revive her, Carlisle said.

Michael L. Jackson, the vice president for student affairs at USC, sent an e-mail to residents of the dormitory expressing sympathy and prayers to Kim’s family and friends.

“We know that this tragedy will weigh heavily on our community and please know that we want to support all of you,” Jackson said in the statement.

Counseling was made available for students Monday; those needing immediate support were urged to call Department of Public Safety dispatch at (213) 740-6000 to speak to a counselor, USC officials said.


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