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Notre Dame student dies while filming football practice

October 28, 2010

A 20-year-old Notre Dame student died Wednesday after the tower from which he was filming football practice fell over.

Declan Sullivan, a junior from Long Grove, Ill., was transported from the campus practice facility to a South Bend hospital, where he died.

The National Weather Service said winds in the area were gusting to 51 mph at the time when the hydraulic lift, which can be lowered or raised depending on needs, fell over.

The student, who also wrote for the student newspaper, reportedly posted messages on his Facebook page just before the tower fell, expressing his concerns with being on the lift with high winds.

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