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Mike Nowatzki, Published March 07 2009

Fargo South student’s death found to be from natural causes

Natural causes are to blame for the death of a Fargo South High School student who collapsed and died unexpectedly on Nov. 25, Fargo police said Friday.

The North Dakota State Forensic Examiners Office determined that 18-year-old Brian Curtiss Hunt died from a primary cardiac arrhythmia, or a “sudden, unexpected and fatal disturbance to the heart’s rhythm,” according to a police news release.

Hunt was walking up to his Fargo apartment with friends about 11 p.m. when he collapsed in laughter.

When he did not follow the friends into the building, they checked on him and found him unconscious and not breathing.

He was later pronounced dead at Innovis Health.

The conclusion of the investigation was delayed to allow for comprehensive toxicology tests, all of which failed to disclose any chemical substance, police said. The investigation into Hunt’s death is closed.