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A University of Iowa student has died after being found unresponsive on campus grounds early Wednesday as a polar vortex gripped the Midwest in arctic temperatures that have been linked to at least seven other deaths.
Gerald Belz, 18, was found behind an academic building on the Iowa City campus just before 3 a.m. by campus police, KCRG-TV reported. The pre-med student was rushed to a hospital, where he later died.
The article goes on to state the following:
Police haven’t released a cause of death, but believed the frigid temperatures played a role, FOX28 Cedar Rapids reported. With wind chill at the time police found Belz was minus 51 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Foul play isn’t suspected and zero alcohol was found in Belz’s system, police said.
Saddened by the loss of a member of the Hawkeye family: pic.twitter.com/sMq4XRK1Ci
— University of Iowa (@uiowa) January 30, 2019
Police tape has since been taken down behind the building of Halsey Hall where UI police found Gerald Belz early this morning. This is right across the street from the IMU (a popular overnight studying location for students) pic.twitter.com/JtilNfOIA6
— Jalyn Souchek (@JalynSouchekTV) January 30, 2019
Very few people have the ability to earn the respect of every single person they played with, but Gerald was definitely able to do so. One of the hardest workers I’ve ever been around. Heartbroken for the Belz family. He will forever be one of our brothers. Rest In Peace Gerald pic.twitter.com/WHqDoC5avC
— Brian White Jr. (@bj_white12) January 30, 2019
Sad to report that 2018 Alum Gerald Belz passed away last night. Our condolences to the Belz family. Please keep his family in your thoughts during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/Bml2uBU1q9
— CR Kennedy Football (@CRKFootball) January 30, 2019
Gerald Belz is more than a headline. Remember that.
His father says he was compassionate and wanted to help others. He had dreams of becoming a cardiologist or neurosurgeon.https://t.co/Fk4dwAsoGn
— Jalyn Souchek (@JalynSouchekTV) January 31, 2019
People across the corridor are reeling from the news of 18-year-old Gerald Belz’s death this morning in the extreme cold. Brian White, head football coach at Kennedy High School, knew Belz in the classroom and on the field. He says the news is devastating to the community. pic.twitter.com/G6XnvzdAmU
— Gabriela Vidal (@GabrielaVCBS2) January 30, 2019
The father of Gerald Belz, the Univ. of Iowa student who died on campus early this morning, said his son was a good kid and has a lot of questions surrounding his son’s death. https://t.co/SnBWmaA28k
— KCRG (@KCRG) January 30, 2019
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