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Gardner-Webb University student collapses, dies

BOILING SPRINGS, NC (AP) — A student at Gardner-Webb University has died after she collapsed in class on her 21st birthday.

A spokesman says Ariane Noelle Patterson was in a religion class at the Boiling Springs school when she collapsed Tuesday afternoon.

Spokesman Noel Manning says Patterson’s cause of death is under investigation. He says the school is investigating whether Patterson had previous health problems.

Manning says an emergency medical technician who is a student in the class and nurses helped with CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Patterson died at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.

She was a senior majoring in religious studies and went to high school in Rutherford County.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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