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Pictured: son of a 19 year old Cambridge academic who died in the halls of Manchester University


Finn Kitson, 19, was found dead in the University of Manchester dormitories

The son of a senior Cambridge academic died in his dormitories after suffering "severe anxiety" during a coronavirus lockdown on parts of campus, his family said.

Finn Kitson, 19, was found dead in University of Manchester dormitories 11 days ago after seeing a surge in Covid-19 in cases across the city.

The surge in cases resulted in hundreds of students self-isolating and others at the neighboring University of Manchester Metropolitan being forced into lockdown.

Officials say the death of Mr Kitson, who was on the University of Manchester's Fallowfield campus, had nothing to do with Covid-19. Police also said they would not treat it as suspicious.

A video shared today by Cambridge Celts FC manager Nic Mitham showed the joyful moment that Mr Kitson, wearing the number 10 shirt, was surrounded by his teammates as they celebrated a goal he scored .

Finn Kitson's family lives in this four bedroom, £ 950,000 semi-detached house in Cambridge

Finn Kitson's family lives in this four bedroom, £ 950,000 semi-detached house in Cambridge

Mr Mitham tweeted a tribute along with the video reading: “It was an honor to lead Finn Kitson at Cambridge Celts and I will always remember him for playing the game he loved. Rest in peace, Finn. & # 39;

But yesterday, Mr. Kitson's 61-year-old father Michael Kitson was angry about the "little help" students received while locked up in a tribute tweet to his son.

Mr Kitson is the son of leading Cambridge academic Michael Kitson (pictured)

Mr Kitson is the son of leading Cambridge academic Michael Kitson (pictured)

Mr. Kitson, Economist at the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, responded to media reports stating that his death was "unrelated to coronavirus".

"That's not true," he wrote. “If you lock young people with little support because of Covid-19, you should expect them to suffer from severe anxiety.

"The student referred to below is our son – and we love and miss him so much." Mr Kitson added that he was "so concerned about all the young people who are suffering from so much stress right now".

"The student referred to below is our son – and we love and miss him so much."

Other family members have also paid tribute, including Sister Beth Kitson.

To a post from her father on Twitter, she replied: “My wonderful kind and sweet brother. He is and always will be so loved. & # 39;

Finn Kitson (left) joins his Cambridge Celts teammates to celebrate scoring a goal in a video shared by the team's manager Nic Mitham

Finn Kitson (left) joins his Cambridge Celts teammates to celebrate scoring a goal in a video shared by the team's manager Nic Mitham

She urged readers of the tweet to donate to the Mind and Samaritans charities.

Sympathy has surfaced since Mr Kitson's tweet, and dozens of people pay tribute to him on Twitter and express sympathy to his shattered parents and siblings Beth and Harry, 26.

Mr. Kitson, a former Cambridge City FC youth player, was spotted at the University's Fallowfield Halls residential center on October 8th.

In an initial tweet, his father said: “Our beautiful brilliant son and brother has passed away. We are all devastated. Please give all you can to mental health charities. & # 39;

The players of his former team, Cambridge City FC, were also available for a minute's silence.

Finn Kitson (# 10) scores a goal in manager Mitham's video while playing for Cambridge Celts

Finn Kitson (# 10) scores a goal in manager Mitham's video while playing for Cambridge Celts

Dr. Simon Merrywest, Director of Student Experience at the University of Manchester, said: “We can confirm that one of our students passed away in their dormitory at around 5pm on Thursday, October 8th.

“We support their family and friends to the best of our ability and express our deepest condolences to them.

“The family asked us to make it clear that this incident is not related to Covid-19 and that they would like their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.

"The university is working closely with the Coroner office in Manchester so we cannot comment further."

Mr Kitson's death came just days after two 18-year-old freshmen died in a Newcastle University dormitory after being believed to have taken Class B ketamine.

In various incidents on Saturday, an 18-year-old man from nearby Washington died, and a 21-year-old Northumbria University student died on the same weekend as Finn after allegedly using drugs.

Mr. Kitson, a former Cambridge City FC youth player, was spotted at the University's Fallowfield Halls residential complex

Mr. Kitson, a former Cambridge City FC youth player, was spotted at the University's Fallowfield Halls residential complex

A spokesman for the Greater Manchester Police Department said: "On Thursday, October 8th, at around 5 pm, the police received a report of concern for the welfare of a man on property on Moseley Road in Manchester.

& # 39; visited emergency services and a 19-year-old man was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.

& # 39; His closest relative has been informed. It is believed that there are no suspicious circumstances related to his death. & # 39;

At the time of Mr Kiton's death, Fallowfield was one of the hardest hit student areas for coronavirus outbreaks in the UK. In the week ended October 2, 5 percent of people tested positive for the disease.

The University of Manchester, which has seen more than 1,000 cases since September 21, switched to online learning earlier this month.

However, unlike students at neighboring Manchester Metropolitan University, where more than 1,000 students were supposed to stay in their dormitories after a Covid-19 outbreak, the students were not banned.

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