Declan Sullivan: Notre Dame Student Dies – Investigation Underway

October 28, 2010

Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old Notre Dame student reportedly died while attempting to film football practice for the Fighting Irish. Before his death he made a startling revelation via Twitter. Read more below.

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Declan Sullivan was positioned high on a hydraulic camera tower yesterday to capture footage of football practice, as the result of raging gusts of wind the structure buckled and he plummeted thirty feet to the ground. The impact of the fall killed the student who has been described by his peers a “cheerful and sociable” person.

While atop the scissor lift he tweeted a message to his friends that was meant to be humorous at the time, but turned out to be an eerie prediction. His twitter message said:

“Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I’ve lived long enough.”

Just over a half-hour later he took the social networking site once again and tweeted:

“Holy — Holy — This is terrifying.”

The structure he was positioned on collapsed soon after this message. Sullivan was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late.

Sullivan was the team videographer for the Fighting Irish, and he was double majoring in Marketing and Film, Television & Theatre, according to reports. He was also known as a talented writer, and for two years he wrote about entertainment events for the school’s newspaper. He has a sister who attends the school as a freshman.

Sullivan’s death is currently under investigation, and the university is reviewing it’s protocol for allowing students up temporary towers.

There will be a mass held in Sullivan’s honor at the school on Thursday evening…Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family… We offer you our comment section to leave your condolences.

For more on Declan Sullivan visit New York Post, SBnation, and Bleacher Report.

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Pictures: PR Photos

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3 Responses to “Declan Sullivan: Notre Dame Student Dies – Investigation Underway”

  1. 1
    sarah Says:

    This is so sad.

  2. 2
    Rachelle Says:

    This is such a tragedy.

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    Miriam Says:

    A really terrible tragedy, RIP