Notre Dame student dies after tower collapses during practice

A 20-year-old Notre Dame student died Wednesday after a tower used to videotape Fighting Irish football practices collapsed and fell into an adjacent street.

Declan Sullivan, a junior from Long Grove, Ill., was filming practice for the athletic department from a hydraulic scissor lift when the incident occurred. Sullivan later passed away at a hospital in South Bend.

While the cause of the accident was unknown, winds in the area were gusting to 51 mph at the time, according to the National Weather Service. The Midwest has been experiencing treacherous weather the last two days. It wasn’t known how close the football players were to the tower at the time of the accident.

Head coach Brian Kelly released the following statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Declan's family and friends. Declan was a diligent student worker in our video department and had a tremendous personality and great sense of humor. He brightened the days for all that had the privilege to work with him, and the Notre Dame football family will dearly miss him."

The school is making grief counseling available to students. The Irish canceled post-practice interviews.

The National Football Post sends its sincerest condolences to Sullivan’s family and friends.

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