LEWISTON, Maine — Bates College student Troy Pappas died on Friday, six days after he was injured in a fall in a stairwell at Parker Hall.
College President Clayton Spencer sent an email message to the campus community Friday night to share the news that Pappas, 18, of Eliot, had died.
“This news is heartbreaking for Troy’s family,” Spencer wrote, “and for the Bates community.”
According to the notice, Troy’s family was looking into the option of donating his organs in accordance with his wishes.
Although indications are that the fall was a freak mishap, police are investigating the circumstances.
A student who was with Pappas that night called the Bates office of Security and Campus Safety to report the fall, college officials said. Bates security officers and Bates Emergency Medical Services responded to the call.
Pappas’ parents were notified the night of the incident and had remained at Central Maine Medical Center with him throughout the week. Extended members of his family were also at the hospital, a college spokesman said, along with members of the Bates community.
Pappas was a wide receiver on the Bates football team. His studies at the college were focused on science and math, a Bates spokesman said.
A graduate of Marshwood High School in South Berwick, Pappas was captain and quarterback of that football team and was a member of that school’s varsity baseball and basketball teams. He earned top honors at Marshwood and was a member of the math team and student government.
College officials said they have been providing emotional support and counseling for members of the Bates community. They expect to continue doing so in the coming days and weeks.