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Stanford student found dead in dorm room

STANFORD -- A Stanford University junior was found dead on the floor of his room in Toyon Hall over the weekend, apparently of suicide. The cause of death is under investigation.

The body of Daniel Lichstein was discovered about 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, by roommate Roger Cornwall, according to James Fox, an associate professor of anthropology, the resident fellow at Toyon.

Fox said investigators also found a bottle of pills and a note from Lichstein in the room. Fox said the note indicated Lichstein had been contemplating suicide for some time.

"Our hearts go out to Dan's family and friends," Fox said. "He will be more greatly missed than he could have imagined."

Lichstein, 20, was from New York City. He was majoring in computer science. Friends described him as being athletic, an avid cyclist, and interested in philosophy and poetry.

Norm Sanders, a representative of the county coroner's office, said the cause of death will not be established firmly until the toxicology report is completed in four to six weeks.

A memorial service is being planned by Toyon residents and the Rev. Diana Akiyama, associate dean of the chapel, for 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Toyon lounge.



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