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Stanford student found dead at fraternity house identified

Eitan Michael Weiner was found unresponsive by paramedics; no foul play is suspected

The Stanford University sophomore who was found dead at a the Theta Delta Chi fraternity house last Friday was Eitan Michael Weiner, son of a university professor and Stanford associate vice president, the university announced Monday.

The university's Vice President for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole identified Weiner in a public message on Monday. She said he was planning to major in history. His parents are Amir Weiner, an associate professor of history, and Julia Erwin-Weiner, an associate vice president for medical center development and former senior associate dean for external relations of Stanford Law School.

"When someone passes away so young and full of potential and plans, I know we all wonder how this could happen," Brubaker-Cole wrote. "It may be some time before the coroner can definitively establish the cause of death. At this point, we believe Eitan had every intention to be with us for many years to come, and we will focus our thoughts on his loving memory."

According to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, he was found unresponsive inside the residence by the Palo Alto Fire Department, which pronounced him dead at about 10:21 a.m., according to a news release from the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office.

A preliminary investigation showed no sign of foul play, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release, while noting that the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the residence at about 11:20 a.m., in response to a report of a medical emergency, according to the news release. Palo Alto firefighters were already on scene.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information about this case is contact the office at 408-808-4500, or to call the Sheriff's Office Investigative Services anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431.

A private funeral for Weiner be held on Wednesday, according to the university. It will be followed by a public memorial beginning at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Tresidder Oak Lounge.


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