Leading academics son dies at university halls after severe anxiety during lockdown – Mirror Online

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The son of a leading Cambridge academic died at his university halls after suffering from “severe anxiety” during a campus lockdown, according to his dad.

The 19-year-old student, named by his family as promising football star Finn Kitson, was found dead at the University of Manchester’s Fallowfield campus.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

The University of Manchester, where there have been more than 1,000 cases in the last four weeks alone, shifted to online learning earlier this month.

The city’s other university, Manchester Metropolitan, have put students on a formal lockdown.

Finn Kitson was found dead at the University of Manchester’s Fallowfield Campus
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The boy’s father, economist at Cambridge University’s business school Cambridge Judge, Michael Kitson, has criticised the university for giving them “little support”.

He referred to a now-deleted post to an online article which had tweeted the university’s claims the student’s death was not Covid-19 related.

On Twitter, he said: “This is untrue.

“If you lockdown young people because of Covid-19 with little support, then you should expect that they suffer severe anxiety.

“The student referred to below is our son – and we love and miss him so much.”

Sister Beth Kitson, a PhD student at Oxford, paid tribute, saying on Twitter: “My wonderful kind and darling brother.

“He is and will always be so loved.”

A former Cambridge City FC youth player, Mr Kitson’s teammates held a one minute silence in tribute at their ground.

In response, Mr Kitson’s dad said: “Thank you so much from all our family. Great respect and class from both teams and both sets of supporters.”

Dr Simon Merrywest, director for the student experience at the University of Manchester, said: “We can confirm that very sadly one of our students was found deceased in their hall of residence at around 5pm on Thursday, October 8.

“We are providing all possible support to their family and friends and our utmost sympathies go out to them.

“The family have asked us to make it clear that this incident is not Covid-19-related and that they would wish to see their privacy respected at this difficult time.

“The university is working closely with the Manchester’s Coroner’s Office, so we will not be able to comment any further.”

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “At around 5pm on Thursday, October 8, police received a report of concern for the welfare of a man at a property off Moseley Road, Manchester.

“Emergency services attended and a 19-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“His next of kin has been informed. There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.”

In a statement, the family said: “The family have no further comments to make at this time.”

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details 

 

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