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Tragedy struck Ohio State after a student went into cardiac arrest and died as a result in jumping into Mirror Lake on campus.

via The Columbus Dispatch

For years, Ohio State University officials have warned that the traditional Michigan-week jump into Mirror Lake is a bad idea, but have allowed students to do it. Now, a long-feared tragedy has brought that to an end.

Following the death on Wednesday morning of Austin Singletary, a third-year student from Dayton, university officials said they won’t allow the practice to continue.

“University leadership strongly agrees that we will work with our campus community to end this annual event,” spokesman Chris Davey said in a written statement released at noon on Wednesday.

“In spite of significant efforts taken to make this event a safer one, this tragedy has occurred. We must come together and acknowledge that while this is a student-led tradition that has been passed down through the years, we cannot risk another tragedy.”

Singletary, 22, a junior from Dayton, was pulled from the lake in cardiac arrest at 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday. He was treated immediately by paramedics, but died later in the morning at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

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