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Phoebe Wang’s cause of death determined

The death of MacGregor resident Phoebe Wang ’17 on Sept. 21 has been ruled a suicide, according to an email from Terrel Harris, a spokesman for the Massachusetts chief medical examiner’s office. The cause of death was listed as “asphyxia due to displacement of oxygen.”

“Phoebe was a very active member of MacGregor house and played flute in the MIT Symphony Orchestra,” Reif wrote in a Sept. 23 email to the MIT Community, which did not specify the cause of death.

Wang, who hailed from Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, had worked at MIT’s Lewis Music Library and conducted research for the MIT Energy Initiative, according to her Facebook profile.

An obituary published by MIT News said that Wang was known for her sense of humor, her curiosity, and her desire to explore.

Members of the MIT community can access MIT student support resources and Mental Health Services at, or via phone at 617-253-2916 during the day and at 617-253-4481 during nights and weekends.

—William Navarre