CCU student death under investigation

The Department of Public Safety is investigating the death of Michael James Rath, a freshman at Coastal Carolina University, who was found dead inside his apartment at University Place, according to CCU spokesperson Martha Hunn.

University Place is considered campus housing for CCU.

Rath, from Rye


NY, was found in a sleeping position on a sofa, according to Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

An autopsy was done Thursday and it was determined there was no foul play but they will not release the official cause of death until toxicology results come back, Edge added.

Martha Hunn, spokesperson for CCU says it's standard procedure to have an outside source do the investigation.

Hunn says an alert was sent out to students, staff, and faculty around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday to let them know there was a student death.

The alert stated: "The CCU Department of Public Safety is investigating the death of a student that took place at University Place. The area has been secured; the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is on the scene to lead the investigation. There is no apparent danger at this time to anyone on campus or in the university community."

Hunn says the reason why the alerts are sent out is to answer many of the questions that students have after seeing a police car or ambulance at a student residence.