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College student dies

BURLINGTON - A 21-year-old Champlain College sophomore died last week after visiting friends off campus.

Champlain College President David Finney announced the tragedy to students, faculty and staff this morning, "It is my very sad duty to report the death of one of our students last night. Michael Parlapiano, a sophomore majoring in business, died after visiting friends off campus. Our hearts go out to Michael's family and friends as we all grieve the loss of a promising member of our community."

Champlain College officials have spoken with his family in Montclair, N.J., to offer condolences and support at this very difficult time, according to Stephen Mease, public information and news director at Champlain College. Counseling support is available 24 hours a day for students, faculty and staff.

The cause of the student's death is being investigated by the Burlington Police Department. No additional information is available at this time, Mease said.

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