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UCL student dies at Camden nightclub

PUBLISHED: 15:07 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:28 07 September 2010

A NEW undergraduate at University College London (UCL) collapsed and died at a freshers event in Camden s famous Koko nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning. The 19-year-old student, named as Tom Reid from Garforth, Leeds, died after suffering a

A NEW undergraduate at University College London (UCL) collapsed and died at a freshers' event in Camden's famous Koko nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning.

The 19-year-old student, named as Tom Reid from Garforth, Leeds, died after suffering a cardiac arrest while attending the Freshers' Fiesta Party - the first in a series of events organised by UCL students' union.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the student was inside the venue when he began to feel unwell.

After going out to get some air he sought help from the club's first aider, shortly before collapsing.

The spokeswoman said there was no evidence to suggest the 19-year-old had drunk excessive alcohol or taken drugs.

Entry to the event, advertised as "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life," cost £13 and included no special drinks promotions.

A joint statement from UCL and its student union said: "The UCL community was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of an undergraduate who was about to begin his degree here. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time."

An ambulance was called just after 2.30am and paramedics carried out CPR in efforts to resuscitate Mr Reid.

He was taken to University College Hospital, but could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 3.30am.

Police are investigating the death, but are not treating it as suspicious.

A post-mortem was inconclusive and toxicology results are pending.

The tragic death has led to the cancellation of two further fresher events.

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