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University announces death of sophomore Raj Mehta

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The University announced today the death of sophomore Raj Mehta.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Raj’s family and friends at this time," wrote Mary Pat McMahon, vice provost and vice president for student affairs, in an email sent to Duke students Saturday evening. "Raj’s family shared with me today that Raj loved the Duke community. In turn, family, friends, students and staff had tremendous regard for Raj and felt a great connection to him."

McMahon wrote that Mehta died by suicide. Mehta was a student in the Pratt School of Engineering. 

His was the second Duke student death this week—Duke announced the death of senior Grey Spector Thursday. 

In the email, McMahon encouraged people to use any support needed during this time, and she wrote that the University is currently working to help students schedule meetings Sunday with Counseling and Psychological Services counselors and other Duke support. 

She mentioned that after-hours services are still available tonight through UNC HealthLink, which students can access through calling 919-966-3820.

"Know that the Duke community is here right now—here with you and here for you," McMahon wrote in the email. "We encourage every student to connect with a friend, a trusted mentor, family member, or our team here at Duke."

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text “START” to the Crisis Text Line to 741-741.


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