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Student death prompts cancellation of basketball celebration

The death of a student at Providence College has prompted the school to cancel an annual celebration that kicks off the men's and women's basketball seasons

Published on October 13, 2018 8:40AM

Last changed on October 13, 2018 12:37PM


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The death of a student at Providence College has prompted the school to cancel an annual celebration that kicks off the men's and women's basketball seasons.

The "Late Night Madness Celebration" had been scheduled for Saturday night.

The Rev. Ken Sicard, the acting president of Providence College, said 19-year-old Augustus Cardello, of Westport, Connecticut, died in his dorm room Thursday night. The cause of death has not been released. Providence police do not believe foul play was involved.

Athletic Director Bob Driscoll, men's basketball coach Ed Cooley and women's basketball coach Jim Crowley say they decided to cancel the celebration out of respect for Cardello's family.

The school held a special Mass for Cardello Friday and has made counselors available through the weekend.



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