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Claremont McKenna student may have died 'huffing' nitrous oxide

Authorities are investigating the death of a Claremont McKenna student who died early Friday morning after apparently "huffing," or inhaling, laughing gas, officials said.

Claremont Police received a call around 12:55 a.m. Friday about an unconscious male who had been inhaling nitrous oxide, according to Lt. Shelly Vanderveen.

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Officers, and later paramedics, responded to Berger Hall and attempted to revive the student before transferring him to a local hospital, Vanderveen said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital Friday morning.

Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesman Ed Winter identified the student as 19-year-old Ali Wallace Mirza of Connecticut. Winter said Mirza's official cause of death would be determined by an autopsy, which would take weeks to complete.

A school spokesman confirmed the death of a student on Friday, but did not immediately provide additional details.

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