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WSSU student from Durham dies of heart deficiency

Posted January 16, 2011 1:02 p.m. EST

— A Durham woman found dead in her dorm room at Winston-Salem State University Wednesday died of an apparent heart deficiency.

WFMY News in Greensboro reports that Brittany Laquita Dennis, 20, was found in her bed by her roommate. There were no signs of foul play, and the cause of death was determined after an autopsy by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Dennis had undergone heart surgery as a young child, a university spokeswoman told WFMY.

Dennis graduated from Southern High School in Durham in 2008, and she was majoring in mass communications at WSSU, according to her obituary.