Coroner IDs UI student who apparently set himself on fire at Krannert


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URBANA — The Champaign County coroner is investigating the apparent suicide of a University of Illinois student.

Duane Northrup said he has notified the family of a 21-year-old man from Gurnee who apparently used gasoline to set himself on fire at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U, shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Urbana firefighters and UI police were called to the outdoor amphitheater at 2:47 a.m. They found a gas can next to the man.

The young man, who lived in Urbana, was pronounced dead at Krannert.

"All indications are this was a suicide. I have no reason to believe that it is not," Northrup said.

An autopsy was being done Wednesday.

Counseling is available at the UI for any campus community member affected by the death, or any student who may be struggling. The UI Counseling Center in the Student Services Building at 610 E. John St., C, can be reached at 217-333-3704 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 217-359-4141 outside of those hours.


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