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UI student dies after being found outside in subzero temps

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) — A first-year University of Iowa student has died after being found outside. His death has led to questions about what happened as an investigation continues.

Temperatures felt like 50 degrees below in Iowa City when University of Iowa police discovered 18-year-old Gerald Belz, of Cedar Rapids, lying unresponsive behind Halsey Hall just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

Belz was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he later died. The official cause of death has not been determined but the weather is believed to be a factor in the death.

“We are saddened to share we’ve lost a member of the Hawkeye family. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and loved ones,” the university said, in a release.

The cold had led the university to previously cancel classes through Thursday.

The 18-year-old was a first-year student at the university and a recent graduate of Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School.

Jalyn Souchek


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