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Duke finds no foul play in student's death

Posted October 29, 2010 1:12 p.m. EDT

— A Duke University student who died Sunday was alone when he fell in a staircase leading to a service area two days earlier, university officials said Friday.

There's no evidence of foul play in the death of Drew Everson, a senior from Tampa, Fla., said Michael Schoenfeld, Duke's vice president for public affairs and government relations.

"At this time, all the evidence indicates that the death of Everson was a tragic accident," Schoenfeld said in a statement.

Everson fell in a staircase that leads to a service area behind the East Campus Union around 3 a.m. Friday, Schoenfeld said. He was found at 11:30 a.m. and died at Duke University Hospital on Sunday.

The university is still awaiting a report from the medical examiner's office, which is expected to take several weeks to complete.