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UConn community mourns death of undergrad from Wilton

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Robert Keers. (Instagram photo) Robert Keers. (Instagram photo)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

A senior at the University of Connecticut died Monday morning after being transported to the hospital.

A university spokesperson said Robert Keers, who was enrolled in the School of Business, died at Windham Hospital.

“In the short time since we learned of his death, it has become abundantly clear that Robbie had a wide circle of friends at UConn who are profoundly affected by his passing,” the school said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, both in the UConn community and his hometown of Wilton.”

UConn said it reached out to friends and others on campus who were affected by Keers’ death. It encouraged them to contact Counseling Mental Health Services for help, if they need it.

State police said his death remains under investigation. They are awaiting an autopsy before releasing any other details.

The university said Keers was the fifth undergraduate to unexpectedly pass away since August.

Friends called him "Robbie" and school officials said he was a record holder in both football and rugby in Wilton.

"Everyone's heart goes out to his family's from all of us, even though we're such a big campus, we're close and it makes you think about your own life and living it the way you want," said Katie Maloney.

Members of Kappa Sigma also painted the school's spirit rock in honor of Keers, who was a member of the fraternity. They left the message "Cheers Keers. Gone but Never Forgotten."

Students and staff have been forced to say 'goodbye' to three other classmates, all undergraduates as well.

"There has been a ton of deaths, it's been horrible and impacted so many of us, at UConn, it feels like we're coming together," said Julia Walman.

On Aug. 8, 20-year-old Brandon Gothberg was killed in a crash in East Hartford.

Earlier this month, Alana Ferrante, 19, and 19-year-old Ryan Meegan died as the result of a motor vehicle crash in Columbia.

Another student, Marvie Cagle, was a full-time student at the Avery Point campus and passed away in August. She was expected to graduate in 2018.

“We grieve for each of these valued students, and thank others in Connecticut to extending their support to our campus community and those touched by these painful losses,” the statement concluded.

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