SOUTH BEND – A Notre Dame student died during the team's football practice Wednesday.
Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., was filming practice from a hydraulic scissor lift at the Irish's outdoor practice facility when the lift fell over, the university said in a news release.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Declan's family and friends," Irish coach Brian Kelly said in a new release Wednesday night. "Declan was a diligent student worker in our video department and had a tremendous personality and great sense of humor. He brightened the days for all that had the privilege to work with him, and the Notre Dame football family will dearly miss him."
Sullivan was brought to Memorial Hospital in South Bend and died at the hospital, the university said.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins said in a news release. "Our hearts go out to the student's family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time.
"The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family's grief."
Jenkins will preside over a Mass for Sullivan at 10 p.m. Thursday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the university said.
The accident occurred at about 4:50 p.m. at the LaBar Practice Complex. The lift fell through a fence surrounding the three practice fields and into a side street on the southeast side of campus.
The cause of the accident was being investigated, the university said.
Football players left the practice facility at about 5:20 p.m., and coaches and players were not available for interviews after practice.
Winds in the area were gusting to 51 mph at the time, according to the National Weather Service, and there were frequent bursts of wind throughout the day.
The lift Sullivan was filming from raises just above the goal posts, which are not believed to be regulation height, at the practice facility. The Irish have four portable lifts, with one behind the end zones of two of the three practice fields, like the one that fell down Wednesday.
On Tuesday, a storm raced across the Midwest causing at least eight tornadoes in Indiana and forced the Irish to practice indoors.
Winds from the west at 23 mph and showers were being forecasted by the Weather Channel for Thursday.