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Emerson student found dead in first-year student dorm, authorities say

The Little Building at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

An Emerson College student was found dead Friday morning inside a first-year dormitory in downtown Boston, officials said.

Boston police were called to 80 Boylston St. shortly after 10 a.m. for a death investigation, authorities said.

The address is the location of the Little Building, a 13-story, 1,035-bed residence hall that reopened in 2019, according to the school’s website.

“It is with deep sadness that we write with you today to share the news of the death of a member of our student community,” interim president William Gilliganwrote in a letter to the campus community. “At the request of the student’s family, we are not providing any additional details at this time.”


Gilligan said Boston police are investigating and have not “shared any security concerns.” The cause of the student’s death wasn’t disclosed.

“If there ever is a security threat to our campus, or need for immediate action, we will notify the campus via Emerson Alert and text/voicemail,” Gilligan wrote.

He said counselors and chaplains will be available on the second floor of the Little Building until 7 p.m. Friday, and again on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“The college had professional staff on call 24 hours a day and can be reached by contacting any member of the residence education staff, or by contacting” the school’s counseling service at 617-824-8555, Gilligan wrote.

“During this difficult time, we ask you be kind to each other as we collectively grieve the loss of a member of our community,” Gilligan said.

Globe correspondent Bailey Allen contributed to this report.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com.