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Death Reported on Campus

[Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021]

Authorities have identified the man found dead on Duke’s campus on Sunday, and the family has been notified. The deceased had no known affiliation with Duke, and no foul play was suspected.

“We have been in touch with the family and want to express our deep sympathies for their loss,” said Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for Administration. “Out of respect for the family, we will not be releasing any other details regarding this case.”

[Original Post: Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021]

On Sunday morning, an unidentified male was found dead in a wooded area behind Penn Pavilion on Duke’s West Campus.

At this time, authorities have not been able to identify the deceased, but he is not believed to be a student. Authorities do not suspect foul play. Duke University Police are on the scene and ask others to avoid the area at this time as they conduct their investigation.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Duke offers assistance for students, faculty and staff who may need support.


  • CAPSCounseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers many services to Duke students, including telemental-health appointments. Any student can call 919-660-1000 to speak with someone, or for assistance with referrals in your local community. 
  • DUKEREACHDukeReach will help you identify support services from among the variety of resources across campus or in your local community. You can contact DukeReach at 919-681-2455 or by emailing

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