Student dies from insulin complications


    The death of a TCU student Monday can serve as a reminder that everyone is all linked together regardless of who they know, said the minister to the university Wednesday.Federico Cuevas was found dead at his off-campus home Monday at 5:20 p.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner database.

    Cuevas, a senior Spanish major from League City, played on university intramural sports teams at TCU, said the Rev. Angela Kaufman, minister to the university.

    According to the Tarrant County database, Cuevas died from complications with hyperglycemia with ketoacidosis. The American Diabetes Association defines hyperglycemia with ketoacidosis as a technical term for “when the body has too little or not enough insulin or when the body can’t use insulin properly.”

    Kaufman said the TCU community can be impacted by Cuevas’ death, even those people who did not know him.

    “Maybe some of us didn’t know Federico, but we might know someone who did,” she said.

    Suzy Adams, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of campus life, said a memorial service will be held today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dignity Memorial Bay Chapel in League City.

    Adams said it has not been decided whether a memorial will be held for Cuevas held at TCU.

    Ordinarily when a member of the TCU community dies, the administration sends out an e-mail alerting students of the situation.

    In this instance, university officials did not send out an e-mail because they were not aware of the death until Tuesday, said Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, and it was not clear about what happened since it occurred off campus.

    “For situations such as this, we always check with the families first,” Mills said. “As of now, we have spoken to the family and expect something to come out within the next few days.