North Carolina Central University student found dead inside dormitory

DURHAM (WTVD) -- A death investigation is underway in Durham after a North Carolina Central University student was found dead inside Ben Ruffin Residence Hall Tuesday morning.

Authorities said 22-year-old Kewanne Malik Lee of Durham passed away suddenly in a campus dorm room off Fayetteville Street. Officials say his death is not being investigated as suspicious.

Kewanne Malik Lee

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Sources tell ABC11 that he was found unresponsive by his roommate around 10 a.m.

Lee was a junior and a Health Education major. He also served as Mr. ASFABA 2015-2016 (Association of Students for A Better Africa) and was a member of the Hope Mime Ministry.

Grief counselors from Student Health and Counseling Services are available at Ruffin Hall and the Student Health Building. Leaders from the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue are also there to assist with grief counseling.

As is university protocol, the Durham Police Department is the lead agency investigating the incident, alongside the NCCU Police Department.

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