18-Year-Old Freshman at University of Dayton Dies of Coronavirus Complications

Michael Lang

A college freshman in Ohio has died after contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Michael Lang, 18, died in La Grange, Illinois, “apparently due to complications from” COVID-19, the University of Dayton said in a statement, according to NBC News.

“We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family, friends, professors and our campus community,” said the statement, which was reportedly sent to members of the university on Friday and obtained by NBC News. “The loss of Michael calls our campus community to honor his memory and support those who are affected by his passing.”

The University of Dayton did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

It was not clear whether Lang had contracted COVID-19 on campus; the first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences had moved home to Illinois on September 13 for remote learning, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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The university said that Lang had spent a “lengthy” stay in the hospital before he died, according to the Sun-Times, but it was not clear how long. It was not clear if Lang had any underlying health conditions.

The University of Dayton has had 1,417 cases of COVID-19 since the school began tracking cases on August 10. As of October 25, there were 24 active cases among students, according to the school’s tracker.

There have been more than 200,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with nearly 11,000 in Montgomery County, which includes Dayton.

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According to his obituary, Lang is survived by his parents, Paul and Kathleen, and his brother Matthew.

“Mike was a student at the University of Dayton. During the summers, he loved caddying at LaGrange Country Club,” his obituary says. “He enjoyed golf, fishing and all sports and was a good friend to all.”

“Our kid is in a better place, and he’ll be looking down on us,” Paul told TODAY. “But he’s 18. He was way too young.”

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18-year-old freshman at University of Dayton apparently dies from Covid-19

An 18-year-old freshman at the University of Dayton in Ohio died Thursday “apparently due to complications from” coronavirus, school officials said.

Michael Lang, a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences, died in LaGrange, Illinois, after a long hospitalization, the university said. It was not clear how long Lang had been hospitalized or whether he contracted the virus on or off campus.

“We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family, friends, professors and our campus community,” the university said in a message to the school on Friday. “The loss of Michael calls our campus community to honor his memory and support those who are affected by his passing.”

Lang was living on-campus before returning to his hometown and switching to remote learning on Sep. 13, the university said.

Campus community members were invited to light a candle of remembrance and pray at the school’s chapel on Friday afternoon.

Since students returned to campus on Aug. 8, the University of Dayton has seen spikes and declines in Covid-19 cases, forcing students to move between classroom and online instruction, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

According to the University of Dayton’s Covid-19 dashboard, which has tracked Covid-19 cases since Aug. 10, the school reported 38 active people with the virus and a total of 1,377 cases, as of Monday morning.

Lang isn’t the first college student to die from Covid-19 or related complications.

Earlier in September, 20-year-old football player Jamain Stephens Jr. at California University of Pennsylvania passed away from Covid-19 complications, NBC Washington reported.

And late last month, NBC News reported that Chad Dorill, a “healthy” sophomore at Appalachian State University died from coronavirus at age 19.

Paul Lang, the father of Michael, told the Today Show his family was devastated by the loss of his son.

“Our kid is in a better place, and he’ll be looking down on us,” he said. “But he’s 18. He was way too young.”

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18-year-old University of Dayton student from La Grange dies of COVID-19

A University of Dayton student from west suburban La Grange died Thursday of complications from COVID-19, according to the university.

Michael Lang, 18, was a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences and a graduate of Lyons Township High School. He left campus in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 13 to return home for remote learning, the university said in an email Friday to students, faculty and staff.

Lang was hospitalized for a “lengthy” period of time before dying from complications of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the university said.

“We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family, friends, professors and our campus community,” University President Eric F. Spina wrote. “Campus ministers, housing and residence life, and counseling staff are always available for you and for those you know who may be deeply affected by this loss.”

Like many other colleges across the country, the University of Dayton has been working to limit the spread of the virus on campus. Since Aug. 10, the university has recorded 1,414 cases on campus, according to its online database.

The university held a candlelight vigil for Lang Friday afternoon.

Lang enjoyed golfing and worked summers as a caddy at La Grange Country Club, according to an obituary posted to Legacy.com.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Countryside. A prayer service is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with a memorial mass expected to start at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church in La Grange. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the memorial mass will be streamed on the church’s Facebook page.

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University of Dayton freshman from La Grange Michael Lang, 18, dies from COVID-19

LAGRANGE, Ill. (WLS) — A college freshman from La Grange has died after a lengthy battle with COVID-19 at 18 years old.

Michael Lang was a freshman at the University of Dayton in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences. The university said he died after a lengthy hospital stay due to complications from COVID-19.

Lang returned home to La Grange for remote study on Sept. 13.

In a statement, university officials said, “The loss of Michael calls our campus community to honor his memory and support those who are affected by his passing.”

Students at the University of Dayton are shocked and saddened by the loss. The university has battled a COVID-19 outbreak on campus this semester. There have been more than 1,400 COVID-19 cases since August 10.

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