Freshman Dies After Collapsing During Pick-up Basketball Game

(1-24-97) -- Freshman Kevin Eidt died last night of a congenital heart ailment after collapsing during a pick-up game of basketball at the Flynn Recreation Complex.

Eidt, 18, a Norwalk, Conn. native studying in the Carroll School of Management, was playing basketball with friends at approximately 7:20 p.m. when he suddenly collapsed, Boston College Police Department Chief Robert Morse said. When BCPD officers arrived at the scene they found two students, one identifying himself as an emergency medical technician, attempting to revive Eidt. Further efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, Morse said, and he was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton, where he was pronounced dead at 8:20 p.m.

According to University and family sources, Eidt had a congenital heart problem which required surgery at age 3. He had been regularly tested and evaluated, the sources said, and was neither under medication nor restricted from physical activity when he came to Boston College last fall.

A computer science major, Eidt resided in Fitzpatrick Hall on Upper Campus and played trumpet in the Boston College Screaming Eagles Marching Band. He was a sports enthusiast who regularly posted news concerning Boston College athletics on his World Wide Web page.

A friend of Eidt has created a web page in his memory.

Eidt is survived by his father, Christian, a 1966 alumnus; his mother, Helen; a brother Chris '92, of Arlington, Va.; and a sister, Carolyn '95, of Norwalk.

A funeral Mass has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, according to the family. Magners Funeral Home in Norwalk, Conn. is handling the arrangements.

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