University mourns death of second student in a week

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SHOCKED students at Scotland’s oldest university were told yesterday of the death of the second undergraduate in a week.

He was Alastair Smith, 23, known to his friends as Ally, a third-year Classics student at St Andrews University, who came from Oxted, Surrey.

University principal Louise Richardson, who announced his death in a memorandum 
to students and staff, said Mr Smith, who was on leave of absence from his studies, died this week.

Professor Richardson said: “Ally’s death has come as a terrible shock to his friends and teachers in St Andrews.

“I know that his loss will be very sorely felt across our community, coming as it does just a few days after the death of Lewis Greig.

Mr Greig, 21, from Kirkcaldy, died in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, last Saturday, after being taken ill. His death was announced on Monday.

Mr Greig’s death is thought to have been drugs-related.

No reason has been given for the death of Mr Smith.