Penn State student found dead in Simmons Hall dorm room

mcarroll@centredaily.comApril 7, 2014 


Simmons Hall along Shortlidge Road on the Penn State University campus, January 29, 2014.


A Penn State student died Saturday after being found unresponsive in his on-campus dorm room.

Richard Bilger, 21, was discovered early Saturday in Simmons Hall and was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, a university spokeswoman said.

Police are investigating, but no foul play is suspected, spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. A cause of death is pending toxicology tests, and it could take several weeks to get those results, according to the Centre County Coroner’s Office.

Bilger was a Schreyer Honors College student and a computer science major.

“This is a tragedy, as are all student deaths,” Powers said in an email. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends as they mourn the loss of this promising young man.”

Bilger lived in a single room and didn’t answer his door Friday night and Saturday morning for residence hall staff. University police were called to unlock the door and discovered him unresponsive, Powers said.

Police have notified the man’s family, and Student Affairs has reached out for support. Counseling is available for Bilger’s hall mates and friends.

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