University of Iowa student's death believed to be weather related

IOWA CITY, Iowa- A University of Iowa was found dead on campus early this (Wednesday) morning.

KCRG-TV reports 18-year-old Gerald Belz, a second-year pre-medicine major, was found on campus behind Halsey Hall at about 2:48 a.m. by University of Iowa Police. He was transported to the hospital where he later died. Officials said the cause of death is believed to be weather-related, foul play is not suspected.

Belz was a native of Cedar Rapids, and a graduate of Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School.

Gerald's father, Michael Belz tells WMT Radio alcohol was not in his son's system at the time of death.

According to KCRG, Michael said Gerald was sending messages to his girlfriend using the social media platform Snapchat late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The messages indicated that Gerald was going to bed with no plans to go out.

The University of Iowa canceled classes until Thursday due to the dangerous cold.

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