COLUMBIA, Mo. (KSDK) -- An 18-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a University of Missouri residence hall has been pronounced dead. Officials say there is no indication of foul play.
Police say the 18 year old is Gergory Holthaus from Highland, Illinois.
The University Police Department responded to the Pershing group of residence halls for a report of a medical emergency around 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
Police found the man unconscious and not breathing. Medical personnel and the Columbia Fire Department responded to the scene, started life-saving measures and transported the man to University Hospital.
"I hope you get a sense of what he means to us and what the loss means because it hurts," says Holthaus' former baseball coach Joel Hawkins.
That loss was evident Sunday night at the Highland town square.
"This turnout is exactly who he was, he was just a great guy, he was just easily one of the best guys in our high school," says a former teammate Joel Mason.
Holthaus' former baseball teammates describe the 18 year old greg as a comedian, someone that could light up your day.
Hawkins says Holthaus was attending Ranken Technical college, was a hard worker and recently started talking about coaching someday.
"Anytime he got the ball he would sprint out to the mound," says Hawkins.
"It's just one big family and this is hard to deal with because like our coach said earlier we lost family tonight," says former teammate Tyler Larson.
Coach Hawkins says Holthaus and a few others went to Mizzou Saturday to visit other Highland grads. The details of his death are still unclear.
"Several students here from Highland that were out there at Mizzou found him this morning so there are several young people that are going to need some help," says Hawkins.
"We are young and we think oh we have so much time and and you never really know who much time you have and something like this is just shocking, it's hard to try and deal with," says Larson.
Police spokesman Brian Weimer says the man was not a student on campus. His name was being held until his family could be notified.
At this time, investigators are interviewing friends of the deceased and others in the area in addition to gathering evidence associated with a death investigation.
The official cause of death will be released by the medical examiner at a later time. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday.
Residential Life and the University will be providing assistance, including counseling and other support services, to those impacted by this incident and information is being made available to them at this time.
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