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UPDATED: Information regarding the student's name and major, as well as President Snyder's email, was added.

UPDATED: This article has been updated with information regarding the time of death.

The Loyolan has learned that Samuel Piibe, a senior psychology major, was found dead last night in his off-campus home. Piibe was found by his girlfriend in his bed, according to a student source who has requested anonymity. 

Piibe died either late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, possibly between the hours of two and three a.m, according to the student source.

His cause of death is under investigation by law enforcement authorities, University President Timothy Law Snyder wrote in an email to the LMU community on Friday afternoon.

A plaque with Piibe's name on it will be displayed at the student memorial Ad Astra per Aspera, according to President Snyder's email.

The Loyolan will continue to update as more information becomes available. Students who would like to receive counseling or confidential resources can reach Student Psychological Services at (310) 338-2868.

Gracie McManus is a marketing major from Portland, Oregon. Besides grammar, she loves jamming out to the latest alternative tunes, drinking craft beer and watching hours of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

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Samuel Piibe was a 2013 graduate of Claremont High School.

He was the middle child of a family of three boys. He generously volunteered as a medical care extender and had just completed a summer orientation program for volunteers.

His father, Dr. Remy Piibe, passed away on June 21, 2016 at the age of 55. He was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer in September of 2015. Thanks to medical advances, he was able to survive and work part-time until May of 2016.

Once they were of age, Samuel and his two brothers were enrolled in Boy Scouts. All three sons, including Samuel, earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

According to Dr. Piibe's obituary, his wife Julie and Samuel and his two brothers were the lights of the father's life. Quinn, now 23, will follow in his father’s footsteps and attends Medical College of Wisconsin.

Samuel, 21, was starting his senior year at Loyola Marymount University.

The youngest son Brian, 18, is attending UC Santa Barbara to study engineering.

Samuel is survived by his mother, Julie, and two brothers, Quinn and Brian, as well as by extended family.

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