20-year-old Notre Dame student Declan Sullivan died yesterday of injuries he sustained when a scissors lift he was using for filming collapsed in heavy winds.
Sullivan, a videographer, sent a series of creepily prophetic tweets right before the equipment he was using blew over, ultimately resulting in his death. At 3:55, Sullivan posted on Twitter:
“Gust of wind up to 60mph well today will be fun at work… I guess I’ve lived long enough.”
At 4:06, he followed up with:
“Holy f*** holy f*** this is terrifying.”
Students at Notre Dame spoke to press about their grief at a tragic accident they view as “avoidable.” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly commented on Sullivan’s death, saying:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Declan’s family and friends.
“Declan was a diligent student worker in our video department and had a tremendous personality and great sense of humor.
“He brightened the days for all that had the privilege to work with him and the Notre Dame football family will dearly miss him.”
A memorial mass will be held later today in Sullivan’s honor.