THE teenage son of a Cambridge scholar has died in his halls at Manchester University after students were locked out against the coronavirus.
Finn Kitson, 19, suffered from “severe anxiety” before he was found dead on the Fallowfield campus of his university in south Manchester.
Police do not consider the promising footballer’s death suspicious.
The University of Manchester, where there have been more than 1,000 cases in the past four weeks alone, switched to online learning earlier this month.
Finn’s father, Michael Kitson, criticized the “little support” students get when they are forced to live in strict lockdown conditions.
He referred to a now deleted post to an online article that tweeted the university’s claims that the student’s death was unrelated to Covid-19.
On Twitter, the Cambridge University Business School economist said: “This is wrong.
“If you lock up young people because of Covid-19 with little support, you should expect them to suffer from severe anxiety.
“The student discussed below is our son – and we love and miss him so much.
If you lock up young people because of Covid-19 with little support, you should expect them to suffer from severe anxiety.
Sister Beth Kitson, a doctoral student at Oxford, paid tribute by saying on Twitter, “My wonderful brother and darling.
“He is and always will be loved so much. ”
A former young Cambridge City FC player, Mr. Kitson’s teammates held a minute of silence in tribute on their home ground.
In response, Mr Kitson’s father said, “Thank you very much from all of our family. Great respect and class of the two teams and the two groups of supporters. “
My wonderful darling brother. He is and always will be loved so much.
Asked today for comment, a family friend said: “The family has no further comments at this time. ”
Dr Simon Merrywest, Director of Student Experience at the University of Manchester, said: “We can confirm that very sadly one of our students was found dead in his residence around 5pm on Thursday 8th October.
“We give all possible support to their family and friends and our deepest condolences go out to them.
“The family asked us to clarify that this incident is not related to Covid-19 and that they would like to see their privacy respected during this difficult time.
“The university is working closely with the Manchester Coroner’s Office so we will not be able to comment further. ”
Greater Manchester Police said they had been called to the halls after reports to check on a man’s welfare.
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A spokesperson added: “Emergency services were present and a 19-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
“There would be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. ”
In a statement, the family said, “The family has no further comments at this time.”
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