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ASU student who was found near fitness center died from epilepsy-related drowning

The student was found in the pool area in ASU's fitness center.

TEMPE, Ariz. — An Arizona State University student who was found dead in the Sun Devil Fitness Center in April died due to an epilepsy-related drowning, officials said. 

A medical examiner listed Andrew Bryan's cause of death as drowning in the setting of epilepsy. 

Bryan was discovered in the facility's pool area on April 16 after officers received calls of an "injured person," ASU police said.

Paramedics immediately began to perform life-saving measures but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Drowning is the leading cause of death for children between ages 1-4 aside from birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three children die every day as a result of drowning. Here are some tips from the CDC on how to protect children around water: 

Learn life-saving skills. 

Everyone should know the basics of swimming (floating, moving through the water) and CPR. 

Fence it off.

Install a four–sided isolation fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. This can help keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should be completely separate the house and play area from the pool. 

Life jackets are a must.

Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets can be used in and around pools for weaker swimmers too. 

Keep a close watch.

When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Because drowning happens quickly and quietly, adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like reading books, talking on the phone, or using alcohol and drugs. 

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