Dead student from Emsworth was found below open window

Kieran Keel
Kieran Keel
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A HIGH-achieving young man who died at his student accommodation may have fallen to his death.

Kieran Keel, described as ‘wonderfully gifted’ by his former headmaster at Portsmouth Grammar School, died on February 21 in Oxford.

As reported, the 20-year-old, of Wickor Way, Emsworth, was in his second year of a Spanish and history degree at Brasenose College.

An inquest into his death was opened and formally adjourned in Oxford.

Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter said: ‘His room was four or five storeys up.

‘The window was open and Kieran was known to smoke out of the window.’

Kieran, who was part of Oxford University’s American football team, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The full circumstances of the tragedy are still being investigated by police and an inquest hearing will take place at a later date.

James Priory, headmaster of PGS, said Kieran died in a ‘tragic accident’.

His funeral service will be held at 11.30am tomorrow in the University Church of St Mary’s, Oxford and will be followed by a private committal at the crematorium attended by family and close friends.