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Biology Graduate Student Dies

Henning Friedrich G, a second year graduate student in the Biology Department, died Jan. 5, 2007. He was found in his Boston apartment.

The Boston Police Department is waiting on a toxicology report to determine the official cause of death, although suicide is suspected, according to Institute Chaplain Robert M. Randolph. The death was “sudden” and there was no evidence of foul play, said Biology Department Head Chris A. Kaiser PhD ’87.

According to Dean of Graduate Students Isaac M. Colbert, Friedrich did not show up to work on Jan. 5. His thesis advisor Thomas Schwartz, who was concerned, investigated and found Friedrich at his apartment. Schwartz did not return a call for comment.

Originally from Hanover, Germany, Friedrich was a visiting student at Rockefeller University before joining Schwartz, now a Biology associate professor, when Schwartz moved his laboratory to MIT.

—Angeline Wang