Clemson student’s death under investigation

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PICKENS CO, S.C. (WSPA) — A Clemson student’s death is under investigation, the Pickens County Coroner’s Office confirms.

The student died Saturday night and the cause of his death is unknown, according to the coroner’s office.

They say Clemson Police Department is also investigating the incident.

The cause of death was not known as of Monday morning.

An autopsy is scheduled today. The results will be returned in six to eight weeks.

The coroner did not identify the student, but a post on the university’s website said that Carter Stephen Ainsworth, 22, died Saturday.

Ainsworth was from Mt. Pleasant. He was a senior biological science major.

“The Clemson family is hurting at the news of Carter’s death. He will be deeply missed,”  Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students L. Christopher Miller said in the post.

Grief counseling is being provided to students after Ainsworth’s death.

According to the police report, officers responded to the intersection of Tiger Blvd and College Avenue around 7:30pm Saturday night. It’s there that police and paramedics performed CPR on Ainsworth before transporting him to Oconee Memorial Hospital, according to that report.

Police say those with Ainsworth told officers that he was “okay” a short time before he began showing signs of distress.

Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said they are in the early stages of the investigation, are in the process of interviewing people and ask anyone with information to contact the Clemson Police Department. He also asked that people not give in to “rumor” while the investigation continues.

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