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Notre Dame Student Dies Recording Football Practice Film Tower Falls Over

A 20-year-old Notre Dame student who was filming the football team's practice died Wednesday in an accident when a film tower toppled over.

The student, who has not been identified pending the notification of family members, was filming the practice of the university's Department of Athletics.

From the official statement from the university:

The accident happened at approximately 4:50 p.m. at the LaBar Practice Complex, located on the southeast side of campus. The student was filming Notre Dame football practice for the Department of Athletics from a hydraulic scissor lift when the incident occurred. The student was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he later died. 

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. "Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family’s grief." 

The cause of the accident is under investigation. The University is making pastoral care and grief counseling available to students. 

According to the National Weather Service, winds in the area were gusting at 51 mph, but the exact cause of the accident has not yet been determined. The video lift, which has an adjustable height, was stretched across a nearby street.

It wasn't clear how close players were to the tower when it collapsed, but post-practice interviews were canceled.