UNC student from Wilmington found dead

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Submitted: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:42am
Updated: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:47pm

CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY) — A 22-year-old UNC student from Wilmington was found overnight in Chapel Hill, according to multiple media reports.

The website chapelboro.com reports Stedman Gage, was found dead around 1:30 a.m. at his off-campus home. The website says an autopsy is scheduled, but investigators are not treating the death as suspicious.

Gage’s mother is Hannah Gage, a member of the UNC System Board of Governors and former chair of the board. She was also a member of the UNCW Board of Trustees, according to her biography on the UNC System website.

According to chapelboro.com, UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp issued the following statement:

“I am saddened to inform you that one of our students has died. The Chapel Hill Police Department is investigating the death of Stedman English Gage, a junior from Wilmington. Police said his body was discovered late Friday night at his off-campus residence. The cause of death has not been determined, but Chapel Hill Police do not suspect any foul play.

“I have offered my support to Stedman’s parents in this time of grief. Please keep Stedman’s family and friends in your thoughts as we mourn this latest loss.”


  • taxpayer says:

    drugs and/or alcohol are involved?

  • Anonymous says:

    Rude and out of line for unknowing commentary in a horrible time like this for any family regardless of the circumstances.

  • Justin America says:

    outta the gene pool.

  • taxpayer says:

    How is asking a question rude and out of line? Are you saying that because of who his parents are?…or his mother’s status at UNC-CH? Would you say the same if his family wasn’t as well known?

    It’s a sad situation all around for the family. My question still stands.

  • Anonymous says:

    As a parent, UNC alum and UNC Greek system alum…my fears about the reality of what goes on there are bigger than words can convey. I absolutely think that if illegal activity played a role in this horrible tragedy it should be dealt with in a way that send s a huge message to students and parents alike. My response was simply made with regard to the manner in which the initial comment was posted – quite rude and unsympathetic. I cannot begin to imagine pain worse than the loss of a 22 yo child, regardless of family name, or positions held. Tragedy of this magnitude is without name…

  • SouthEastNC says:

    the way you asked the question was rude and uncalled for.

    To ask who wants to take bets on whether the death of a young man attending the state’s flagship university was a result of drugs or alcohol?

  • unc alumni says:

    I am a graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill along with 7 others in my family. I am very troubled by the amount of drugs and binge drinking at UNC and at all the Colleges. My wife and I were in Chapel Hill this past August for a wedding and while at the rehersal dinner at the Carolina Inn the talked at our table turned to the bad drug problem at UNC along with NCST and Duke. One person stated the Frat Houses were infested with drugs. When is this going to be dealt with and brought under control !!! I have one at UNC and one at NCST and am worried about what is going on . All Universities need to random drug test the students like I have to do my employees.Also a lot of the students are full blown drug dealers and if caught are looking at long jail times. Also at this past UNC/NCST football game we went out for supper near Franklin Street and when we were leaving at about 8:30 pm we had four young girls fall in front of us because they were so drunk.So much for selling alcohol to the under 21 crowd. It is time for the 17 member UNC system and all schools to deal with this real bad problem !!!!!!

  • SouthEastNC says:

    at UNC, fraternity houses are private property. I don’t think the cops can get a subpoena to bring in drug dogs to search a frat house just because it is a frat house.

    however, at State a lot of the “houses” are university owned buildings, so if State wanted to crack-down then maybe they could do some random drug searches… not sure what the laws are. Same with dook and the fraternity dorm “sections”.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    I remember my fraternity house cook at UNC (I graduated in 2005) had been working there since the late 60s. He said the wildest times were the late 70s and early 80s.

  • bbdavis says:

    As a parent of a college student, I too would like to know if alcohol or drugs were
    involved so I can be more aware of what is happening in the college culture scene


  • CM says:

    May Angels lead you into paradise;
    may the Martyrs receive you at your coming
    and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.
    May a choir of Angels receive you,
    and with Lazarus, who once was poor, may you have eternal rest.

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