Temple Student Found Unconscious in Paley Library, Dies at Hospital

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Updated: 11/30/17

Students are shocked to find out about another death of a fellow Owl.

Temple Update broke the story on Wednesday that 24-year-old Michael Paytas of Holmes, PA was found unconscious on an upper floor of Samuel L. Paley Library, Monday, before being taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Michael Paytas, 2017 (via Facebook).

Paytas was a senior Business and Management student in the Fox School of Business. He transferred to Temple in 2014 after attending Delaware County Community College. He was set to graduate in 3 weeks.

Senior Kinesiology major, Riley Conahan, says she recalls seeing some of the series of events that took place on Monday.

“So on Monday a friend and I were walking to class past Richies and we look over and we saw an ambulance. [And] I didn’t really think anything of it until I saw them pull out a stretcher and take it to the library.”

Although Conahan took notice of the medics responding, she, like many other Temple students, had no idea of the severity of the situation.

Despite this tragic event happening on Monday, students of the university were not notified until Wednesday. Students in classes with Paytas were first notified by their professors upon arriving to classes Wednesday, noticing the empty seat where Paytas sat just 2 days before. His 10AM class “Introduction to Digital Design Tools for Advertising,” was the last class he attended, before being found unconscious one hour later. The university sent out an email to the entire Temple community later Wednesday afternoon to let them know about the passing of Michael Paytas.

Jillian Moyer, a senior Chemistry major, says she has concerns when it comes to the delay in notifications being sent out to the university. Jill tells Temple Update “As a Temple student, we wanna know when things are happening. Like, kind of soon to when they occur just so that we can be aware of what’s happening.”

University officials have not yet announced the cause of Paytas’ death. One source tells Temple Update a student worker found Michael unconscious in the second floor bathroom of Paley Library.

Students in need of support during this time are encouraged to visit Tuttleman Counseling Services.

Original Story: 11/29/17

24-year-old Michael Paytas was found unconscious on an upper floor of Samuel L. Paley Library, Monday, before being taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Paytas, a senior marketing major from Holmes, Pennsylvania transferred to Temple in 2014 after attending Delaware County Community College.

University officials have not yet announced the cause of Paytas’ death.

Students in need of support during this time are encouraged to visit Tuttleman Counseling Services.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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