USA: foul play not suspected in student’s death

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UPDATE 1:51 p.m. April 3, 2013:  FOX10 News spoke with USA officials on Thursday who said Chausse was in the US Army Reserve and had won a medal in Iraq for his service there from May 2009-July 2012.

Officials with the USA office of Veteran Affairs said he was studying Russian language and literature as an undergraduate.

Spanish Fort Police Officer Jeffery Josey told FOX10 he was a friend of Chausse’s. Josey said the veteran was recently married.

Earlier: University of South Alabama Police said on Thursday, April 3, that no foul play is suspected in the death of Patrick Chausse of Bay Minette, who was found unresponsive in his car.

Bob Lowry, USA’s Director of Public Relations said USAPD and Mobile Fire-Rescue attempted to resuscitate Chausse when he was found in the Humanities Building parking lot Wednesday night, but were unsuccessful.

He was transported to a local hospital, but efforts to revive him were not successful. Officials said that foul play is not suspected in the fatality.

USA’s student newspaper, the Vanguard tweeted about the news late Thursday morning.

Counseling for the University community is available through USA Counseling Services, Alpha Hall East, Room 326.  Students should call 460-7051 and faculty/staff can call the Employee Assistance Program at 461-1346.

Second recent death

It’s the second student death on the campus in as many months, after 21-year-old Christopher Thomas, a Dothan native, was found dead in his dorm room on March 15. Campus officials said at the time no one knew how he died, and that foul play was not suspected.

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