TCU senior Read Hortenstine dies

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    A TCU student died this afternoon, according to Tarrant County medical examiner records.

    Senior Read Hortenstine, 23, died at Baylor All Saints Hospital at 3:45 p.m., according to the records.

    Kathy Cavins-Tull, vice chancellor for student affairs, acknowledged Hortenstine’s death in an email to TCU on Friday.

    “We are saddened by the loss of a valued member of our community and our thoughts and prayers are with Read’s family and friends at this time,” Cavins-Tull wrote.

    According to a Fort Worth Police report, officers received a call on Thursday that Hortenstine was unresponsive and not breathing. Officers were then dispatched to his home on Lambert Avenue around 1 p.m., and he was transferred to the hospital by MedStar. 

    Hortenstine was a general studies major, according to the TCU email database. He was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

    “We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Read,” said Stafford Sadler, president of SAE. “If there’s anything this semester has taught us, it is to appreciate our friends and family.” 

    The full text of Cavins-Tull’s message to TCU:

    Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
    It is with a heavy heart that I convey to you the death of a member of our community this afternoon.  Read Hortenstine, Senior, member of the AddRan College with an interest in Land Management, died at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth.  He was from Houston, Texas and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.   We are saddened by the loss of a valued member of our community and our thoughts and prayers are with Read’s family and friends at this time. 
     
    Understanding the pain that is felt in losing a friend and classmate, our campus resources stand ready to assist those who need support.    Brown-Lupton Counseling Center staff (817-257-7863), Religious and Spiritual Life (817-257-7830) staff and the Office of Campus Life (817-257-7926) are available for walk-ins or by appointment.  Because the weekend is upon us, if you are in need of assistance please contact the TCU Police Department (817-257-7930) or (817) 257-SAFE (7233).   
     
    Please take care of yourself and each other and hold the Hortenstine family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve Read’s passing. 
     
    Sincerely,
    Kathy Cavins-Tull
    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs