University staff responds to death at Marlatt Hall

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University staff and campus police responded Oct. 28 to a student death at the Marlatt residence hall.


Thomas McCord, a sophomore in English and creative writing from Overland Park, was found in his room around 2:15 p.m. Residence hall staff notified authorities. The death was unattended and is not considered criminal in nature nor indicative of self-harm. Further circumstances are yet unknown. 

Housing and dining staff are working with counseling services to help students and staff affected by McCord's death.

"Our thoughts are with Thomas' family and friends right now," said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. 

UPDATE: McCord was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity. He was the son of Dan and Therese McCord of Overland Park.

UPDATE: A memorial vigil is planned for 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center, at the corner of Denison and Anderson avenues.

UPDATE: Donations in honor of McCord may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, in care of McGilley and Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapter in Overland Park, Kan. 

UPDATE: Preliminary reports indicate McCord died of natural causes due to complications from diabetes.