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Cornell freshman found dead in dorm room: IPD says investigation is unfolding

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A first-year student at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was found unresponsive in his residence hall room on April 12 and later pronounced dead, according to an “In Memory” listing published by the university. The student, Matthew Friedman, hailed from Marlboro, New Jersey, and had a sister also attending Cornell.

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Friedman, a Biology major, was deeply interested in neurobiology and behavior. He had aspirations of becoming a doctor after graduating from Cornell and had volunteered with his hometown’s Emergency Medical Service before arriving in Ithaca.


The university shared that Friedman had recently joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and was exploring opportunities to utilize his volunteer EMT experience on Cornell’s campus.

The Ithaca Police Department is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Friedman’s death. A spokesperson for Cornell University did not respond to requests for comment, and no official statement has been issued by the university at this time.