- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Police say a 23-year-old student at Appalachian State died at a hospital after being found in distress at an off-campus residence.

It’s the sixth death of a student at the university this academic year.

A news release on Saturday from the Boone Police Department said that authorities responded Friday night to a medical emergency.

The release said Michael C. Schmitt was taken to a hospital where he died. There were no signs of foul play.

Earlier this month, a student at the university died in a vehicle crash and another was found dead in her dorm room.

Three other students were found dead the previous semester. Investigators have found no evidence of foul play in the deaths.

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