Curtis student dies in dorm

A Curtis Institute of Music student died Thursday night in the school’s Locust Street dorm in Lenfest Hall, school officials said. Louisa Womack, 20, a double bass player from Rochester, N.Y., was in her second year at the music conservatory. No further information about her death was available Friday.

School faculty, students and administrators “gathered formally on Friday morning, by which time all students, faculty, and staff had been notified. Curtis’s team of student services and mental health professionals has been and will continue to be onsite and available to students 24/7, and all students have been offered counseling whenever and wherever they need it,” a spokeswoman said.


Curtis has curtailed its performance schedule at least through the weekend.

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Update (Monday, 9:45 p.m.): Womack's death has been ruled a suicide by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, a spokesman for that agency said. 

Photo: In an expression of grief, Curtis students carpeted the school's front entrance with flowers.

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