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Statement regarding death of NMSU student

President Michael Martin and other New Mexico State University administrators expressed deep sorrow today over the reported death of NMSU student Steven Judd.

iversity is shocked and saddened by this tragic loss," Martin said. "Steven Judd was a bright student with a wonderful future ahead of him. Our sympathies and prayers are with his family and his friends as they cope with this terrible loss."

Judd, a computer science major, was hospitalized in a coma on Thursday, his 21st birthday, after celebrating the night before with friends. He reportedly died early Friday morning.

A statement issued Friday on behalf of the family stated: "The only comment the Judd family would like to make at this time is that they hope that Steven's untimely death will be a learning experience for others."

The university is conducting a review of events leading up to Judd's death and is cooperating with local authorities in their investigation."

The NMSU Student Services office and Counseling Center have been offering support to Judd's family and friends.

"We are reaching out to those affected by this tragedy and providing any help we can," Vice President for Student Services Gladys De Necochea said.

Judd was the president-elect of the Delta Chi fraternity, which is housed off campus. He was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces Thursday morning after fraternity brothers were unable to wake him. He was transported to Thomason Hospital in El Paso Thursday afternoon.