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Son of former UNC system chairwoman found dead off campus

Posted February 23, 2013 5:44 p.m. EST
Updated February 23, 2013 9:30 p.m. EST

— A junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was found dead in his off-campus apartment early Saturday, police said.

Stedman Gage, 22, of Wilmington, is the son of former UNC Board of Governors Chairwoman Hannah Gage.

"This is a devastating tragedy, and our family is handling the situation as best we can," the Gage family said in a statement released by the UNC system. "We are heartbroken. We ask for your compassion and respect, for our privacy and that of our son."

Chapel Hill police said they received a call at about 1:30 a.m. from 407 W. Patterson Place. Stedman Gage lived in one of the apartments in the former house, which is adjacent to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

His body has been sent to a medical examiner, and an autopsy will be conducted Monday to determine the cause of death, police said. Investigators said it doesn't appear suspicious.

Stedman Gage was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at UNC-Chapel Hill.

"The (Interfraternity Council) is certainly shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of not only a UNC student but a member of the Greek community," the council said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gage family and the brothers of Phi Delta Theta."