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Tributes to tragic Oxford student
TRIBUTES have been paid to an Oxford University student from County Durham who died after being found with severe head injuries.
Conor Robinson, from Shotley Bridge, was in the second year of an English literature degree at the world-renowned Magdalen College and is believed to have been injured after a fall.
The 21-year-old undergraduate, who also a talented actor with the National Youth Theatre, was found late at night by university staff who called an ambulance and he was rushed to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital intensive care unit.
Conor had been found injured near his room in halls of residence on Tuesday, October 8, and had been treated by surgeons at the specialist head injuries hospital but died yesterday. (Tuesday, October 15).
Professor David Clary, president of Magdalen College, Oxford, said: “It was with great sadness that we learned that Conor Robinson, a second year undergraduate at Magdalen College, died on October 15 at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
“He had been in intensive care after incurring a head injury at the college on the evening of October 8 in an accidental fall.
“He was a popular and very promising student.
“The whole college is greatly saddened by this loss and extends its deepest sympathy to Conor's family and friends at this very difficult time.”
An inquiry has been launched by the university and post mortem examination is due to be carried out on his body over the next couple of days.
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said officers were investigating for the coroner, but his death is not believed to be suspicious.
Paul Roseby, chief executive and artistic director of the National Youth Theatre, said: "We're shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Conor, who was a brilliant member of the National Youth Theatre.
"We loved working with him on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Team Welcome Ceremonies.
"He was clearly a very bright, talented young man with everything to look forward to in life. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."
Neville Harrison, heateacher of St Bede’s School in Lanchester, where he achieved two A*s and an A at A-level before leaving for Oxford, said: “He was an inspirational young man, incredibly talented, not just academically but in terms of music and performance.
“He was a very popular young man who was very humble despite all of his ability.
“He always spoke well of others and helped others. He always had a smile on his face. We were very proud of him.”
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