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Brian Anderson, MIT Undergraduate Student Found Dead In His Dorm, Third Death This Year

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Police are investigating the third student death at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this academic year.

The 21-year-old MIT student, Brian Anderson was found dead in his dorm room on Monday afternoon.

No immediate cause of death was given. However, MIT officials said Anderson's death did not appear to be a suicide like the other two undergrad deaths this year.

"Until the official investigation by the appropriate state and local authorities is complete, we will not fully know what led to this tragedy, but I encourage everyone to refrain from speculation," MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson wrote to students.

The Boston Herald reports Anderson was a member of the MIT wrestling team and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, which was shut down last year after a spate of alcohol violations and low rush numbers.

The school newspaper reports Anderson's body was found just before noon Monday when police were called to do a "well being check."

"What I hope we will all do is take the time to strengthen the bonds of community," Grimson added in his email. "Reach out to your friends, your peers in class or student groups, or your neighbors in a dormitory or living group."

Previously, in October, the 18-year-old son of a Nobel Prize-winning MIT professor was found dead at the university. It was ultimately ruled a suicide. An MIT sophomore from Colombia also committed suicide in September.

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