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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A Notre Dame student died Wednesday after the tower from which he was filming football practice fell over.

The university said the accident occurred at the LaBar Practice Complex. The 21-year-old man was transported to a South Bend hospital, where he died.

Notre Dame will not identify the student until family members are notified.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," university president Rev. John Jenkins said in a release. "Our hearts go out to the student's family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family's grief."

Authorities were investigating the incident. Winds in the area were gusting to 51 mph at the time, according to the National Weather Service.

The hydraulic scissor lift, which can be lowered or raised depending on needs, stretched across a nearby street.

The Fighting Irish, who host Tulsa this Saturday, canceled post-practice interviews after the accident.

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