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Oct 7, 2012 7:23 PM

Asbury Student Dies On Campus

The sudden death of an Asbury University student has left his fellow students, friends and family in shock. 24-year-old Jeff McMillan suddenly collapsed Saturday afternoon while playing Rugby.

"Anybody who knew him is completely shocked, he was a big guy in perfect physical condition, nothing wrong with him at all," says Calvin Nurge, a friend of McMillan.

It happened on campus while the Asbury University senior was playing rugby with some friends. "Anytime somebody is taken from you way before they should, anger is certainly something I've been feeling," says Nurge. "But sadness overwhelmingly for my best friend I've known for six years."

Asbury University's president released a statement saying, "We are saddened at this tragic event. Our prayers and thoughts are with Jeff's family and friends as we call on the Lord to carry us all through this time of grief."

McMillan is from the northern Kentucky area. Calvin Nurge says he was talking to him on Saturday about the Cincinnati Reds. "It's not going to be the same going to Reds or Bengals games. If you ever wanted to talk about sports he was the one to go to," remembers Nurge.

The sports management major was going to graduate in December with his eyes set on the world of baseball. "He would've been an an asset to any ball club," says Nurge.

But his friends say what they'll miss the most was Jeff's loyalty. "If you ever wanted somebody to stick by your side, he was the man there for you."

It's still unclear exactly what caused McMillan's death. Asbury students will remember him during their all-campus chapel service Monday morning at 10:00 in the Hughes Auditorium on campus.

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