CHAPEL HILL, NC (WECT) – A memorial service was held in Wilmington Tuesday for a UNC student who was found dead in his off-campus home late Friday night.
Stedman Gage, the son of the former UNC-system Board of Governors Chairwoman Hannah Gage, was a 22-year-old junior at the university.
A service for Gage took place at St. James Episcopal Church on 25 South Third Street at 11:00 Tuesday morning.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia and ST. James Church.
The university released a statement which states that Chapel Hill is investigating and they aren't yet sure of his cause of death.
The following is an alert sent to UNC students from school officials:
"Dear Carolina community:
I am saddened to inform you that one of our students has died. The Chapel Hill Police Department is investigating the death of Stedman English Gage, a junior from Wilmington. Police said his body was discovered late Friday night at his off-campus residence. The cause of death has not been determined, but Chapel Hill Police do not suspect any foul play.
I have offered my support to Stedman's parents in this time of grief. Please keep Stedman's family and friends in your thoughts as we mourn this latest loss.
Counseling resources have been made available over the weekend to the students most immediately affected by the death. Students who feel they need assistance may call Counseling and Wellness Services at (919) 966-2281 during regular operating hours. Employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program at (877) 314-5841.
Gage was a member of UNC's Phi Delta Theta Fraternity chapter.
Phi Delta Theta released the following statement regarding Gage's death:
"Phi Delta Theta Fraternity is deeply saddened by the death of Phi Delta Theta member Stedman Gage. We offer our condolences to Stedman's family, friends, and the members of the North Carolina Beta Chapter in their time of need.
Since learning of his death, Phi Delta Theta has been working in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officials and local alumni officers to ensure that members of the chapter have access to grief counselors.
Founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on December 26, 1848, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity has 168 chapters and 103 alumni clubs across the United States and Canada. To date the Fraternity has initiated over 245,000 men into the society whose founding principles are friendship, sound learning and rectitude. For more information about Phi Delta Theta, please call Sean Wagner, Associate Executive Vice President, at 513-523-6345 or email at email@example.com."
"The IFC is shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of not only a UNC student, but a member of the Greek community," said Peter Blumberg, President of the Interfraternity Council Executive Board at UNC, in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the brothers of Phi Delta Theta and the Gage family. At this time, I have no further comment. If you have any questions, please contact UNC News Services."
Stedman's family has strong ties to the university. His mother, Hannah Gage, serves on the UNC Board of Governors. She is a retired broadcasting executive. She founded and owned Cape Fear Broadcasting Co. Hannah has served on the Board of Governors for the university since 2001. Four generations of the Gage family graduated from UNC.
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