Archive for Tuesday, October 13, 2009

KU chancellor offers condolences to student’s family, friends

October 13, 2009


Kansas University officials released a statement Tuesday after the death of student Bobby Weiss, 20.

Weiss, a sophomore from Colby, died Sunday at his off-campus residence. He was majoring in biology.

“It is with a heavy heart that I offer condolences to the family and friends of Bobby Weiss on behalf of the entire University of Kansas community,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a statement. “His loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Services are pending.


helter_skelter 8 years, 8 months ago

Is there a story behind this? Circumstances of the death? Is this related to swine flu? Another underage drinking death? Was there a story about this young man that I might have missed?

Jonathan Kealing 8 years, 8 months ago


No suspicious circumstances behind his death. But we'd like to respect the family's privacy and not go into what caused his death.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

Mike Wagner 8 years, 8 months ago

Again LJW leaves us with more questions than answers!

MyName 8 years, 8 months ago

Ugh, it's not rocket science. Mr. Weiss died alone and people want to respect the family's privacy.

I also feel sad for his family.

skinny 8 years, 8 months ago

The LJWorld will not report what happened, they never do. You'll have to read about it iin the Topeka or Kanas City paper or even the Colby paper.

stuckinthemiddle 8 years, 8 months ago

some things just aren't anyone's business...

llama726 8 years, 8 months ago

No kidding, you sick freaks, if it wasn't a suspicious death then don't sit here and be disrespectful. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

1029 8 years, 8 months ago

Where's the "suggest removal" button for this article?

TriSigmaKS 8 years, 8 months ago

Just be respectful. It's wonderful that condolences have been given, can't you just do the same and quit complaining?

thoughts go out to the family and friends.

Frank A Janzen 8 years, 8 months ago

What are you guys thinking? Of course we want to know the details. However, this is not an article written by the LJ-W, this is a reprint of a statement of condolences from KU's Chancelor. The LJ-W had nothing to do with the press release from KU. Mr. Kealing simply states that the paper is respecting the familiy's privacy by not reporting further on the circumstances. Go to another source if you want, but don't bitch about our local paper for being circumspect during this tragic time.

totealongshaker1 8 years, 8 months ago

why would a bunch of strangers care what this young man died from? you're not even going to remember this story in a month but his family will so maybe we can respect their privacy. if my son died i wouldn't necessarily want the cause of death in the damn newspaper. way to go LJWorld for having some respect.

vilduhellerblogspotcom 8 years, 8 months ago

understand both sides here but what papers don't do enough is tell us about how the individual lived his life. yes they have obituaries but a piece on the actual person would do them justice.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 8 months ago

I wish KU would send press releases on student deaths (happening too often), that they have a professor or staff say something that knows the person, instead of some pre-written form on her computer that she can just change the name.

firemedic301 8 years, 8 months ago

If you really have to know, call the coroners office, unless the case is sealed they will release the cause of death due to the open records act, if there was an autopsy performed.

lindsbug 8 years, 8 months ago

I went to high school, then subsequently college with him. I can assure you, no suspicious circumstances. It was a very tragic death, and I ask you on behalf of the Colby community to please respect our privacy.

classclown 8 years, 8 months ago

I believe the death was non suspicious but embarrassing. How many ways are there for someone to die in a non suspicious but embarrassing manner?

Mike Wagner 8 years, 8 months ago

I was not trying to be disrespectful in any way! Maybe the artical could have just said that due to the family's wishes no details were released, or something along those lines. I just get so tired of LJW leaving us with more questions than answers, and it happens way too often for a news company of their resources! Not sure how people that are concerned about how people die in their community are "sick freaks" but whatever? If this was a private matter, then NONE of it should have been reported by LJW...

Condolences to the family and friends for their loss.

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