Autopsy scheduled for man who died after being found unconscious in MU residence hall

Monday, October 14, 2013 | 6:41 p.m. CDT; updated 7:16 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 14, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Medical Examiner's office will perform an autopsy Tuesday on Gregory Gerard Holthaus, who died Sunday after being found unconscious in an MU residence hall.

Some other tests, such as a toxicology report, might be necessary to determine the cause of death, said Stacey Huck, part of the office support staff at the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences.

MU Police Department officers found Holthaus, 18, of Highland, Ill., unconscious and not breathing shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday in Dogwood Hall, according to an MUPD news release. He was transported to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Holthaus was a first-semester student in the electrical program at Ranken Technical College, a career technical training school in St. Louis, according to a school representative.

"Greg enjoyed life and always made the best out of everything," said Thomas Foppe, a close friend of Holthaus. "He could make anyone laugh. He was everyone's friend."

Foppe is also from Highland and attends the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He is selling wristbands in remembrance of Holthaus for $2.

"They're black and blue Livestrong-style bracelets and say #RIPGreg," Foppe said.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.


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