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Another Clemson Student Found Dead

By FITSNEWS  ||   One week after the body of 19-year-old Tucker Hipps was pulled from a river near Clemson University – a death that may have been connected to a fraternity ritual at the school – another student at the Upstate South Carolina university has been found dead. According to…

By FITSNEWS  ||   One week after the body of 19-year-old Tucker Hipps was pulled from a river near Clemson University – a death that may have been connected to a fraternity ritual at the school – another student at the Upstate South Carolina university has been found dead.

According to the Miami-Dade (Florida) Medical Examiner’s office, Kendall Wernet of Arden, N.C. died at 8:24 a.m. on Monday.

The cause of death was a 25-foot fall from the forward mast of the Carnival cruise ship Ecstasy.

“Everything points to it being an accident,” Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told The Miami Herald .  Nonetheless, police are opening an investigation into the incident.

A spokeswoman for Carnival said the accident took place in a “restricted area” of the ship that’s supposed to be off-limits to passengers.

Wernet was a member of several campus groups including the school’s sailing club and symphonic band.  He was also a leader of Clemson’s Community for Undergraduate Business and Behavioral Science (CUBBS).  He described himself as an “aspiring entrepreneur.”  In fact he had already founded his own company.

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Those who knew him – including his fellow students and teachers at Clemson – were understandably taking the news hard.

“It’s kinda sad when your teacher has to leave the room because of a horrible thing that happened to a wonderful person,” one of Wernet’s friends tweeted.

“Can’t believe this,” another tweeted. “I’ve seen too many friends die for an 18-year-old.”

Obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow students …

UPDATE: Clemson has confirmed Wernet’s death.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Clemson student Kendall Wernet, a junior management major from Arden, N.C.,” Dean of Students Shannon Finning said in a statement. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends, and we stand ready to help them through this difficult time.”

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37 comments

Old Ball Sack September 30, 2014 at 10:05 am

When does the proof of your affair with Nikki come out? I’m still sitting by my computer waiting!

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Philip Branton September 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

Do you ever see STATE FARM Insurance ever advertise on this website…?

There is a reason they don’t…..!!!

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TheOldBallSack September 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

What’s the connection?

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Philip Branton September 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

Great re-tort…….

+5 points and a connect the dots coloring book…..

Well,…”old sack” the connection is that Bobby Harrell is a STATE FARM agent..! State Farm has a huge advertising budget nationwide and those funds are distributed according to all sorts of factors. Any advertising rep or media buying executive looks at the actual media “coverage” and “viewership” metrics to analyze whether the money to be spent will be. Anyone with STATE FARM would consider how this website and its “owner” reverberates back to its corporate “image”.

A proof of an affair can sometimes be proven by WHO does not advertise and support Wil Folks…!!!

Anyone in information operations understands the counter at play also……

…but “a sack of Balls” already knows this….right?

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Twilight Zone September 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

“What’s the connection?”

LMAO!

New here huh?

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Mike Britt October 1, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I’ve never seen E-bay advertise here either… did he screw somebody that controls their ad moneys too? Now that I think about it, I never advertise on this site either…. I wonder if he’s doing me and i just don’t realise it.

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Philip Branton October 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Great retort Mr Britt………….

+5 points and a “rear view mirror”……. :)

Mr Britt……….you deserve a “Bob and Tom” interview…

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Dave Chappelle September 30, 2014 at 10:10 am

“It’s not immediately clear whether he was a member of a fraternity.”

Unless you know a lot more than what you’ve already posted, this is pure speculation and tabloid-worthy, at best.

Yes it is terrible that another teenager has passed away. But you make absolutely no mention to a cause of death.

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The Colonel September 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm

“…Unless you know a lot more than what you’ve already posted, this is pure speculation and tabloid-worthy, at best…
Dave, you’ve been coming here long enough to know that “tabloid worthy” is good enough to run with.

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Manray September 30, 2014 at 5:13 pm

At FITSNEWS “tabloid-worthy” equals “solid as a rock.” Pure off-this-planet gaga bizarro malarkey is “good enough to run with.”

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Scooter September 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm

But it made good attention getting headlines on his blog. What else does he care about?

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Mike Britt October 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm

“But you make absolutely no mention to a cause of death.” What? Did you not actually read the story?………….”The cause of death was a 25-foot fall from the forward mast of the Carnival cruise ship Ecstasy.”

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Dave Chappelle October 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Mike:

I’m aware of this story now. Please pay attention to the timestamp of the original comment. I wrote the aforementioned comment–the one you replied to–more than a day ago.

Again, very sorry for their loss.

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Dave Chappelle October 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Mike:

I’m aware of this story now. Please pay attention to the timestamp of the original comment. I wrote the aforementioned comment–the one you replied to–more than a day ago.

Again, very sorry for their loss.

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anon September 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

*Kendall

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youshouldpayme September 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

His name is “Kendall Wernet” …https://twitter.com/kendall_wernet

Google is a wonderful thing

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Has anyone heard this? September 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Question: News organizations are saying that he died in Miami-Dade County. The only death being reported in Miami-Dade for yesterday morning was a 20 year old male that climbed a Carnival cruise ship mast and fell. The time was around 7:30 a.m.?
Does anyone know if there was a group of Clemson students on that ship? I am not trying to put out rumors – just curious if this is the death being reported in Dade?

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Has anyone heard this? September 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Carnival is now stating that the man who fell was from North Carolina. From what I have read about this young man he was a very hard working guy and a great student. Hopefully everyone will try to remember that most of us did plenty of stupid things when we were young and perhaps got lucky and averted disasters such as these. It only takes one mistake.

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The Colonel September 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm Reply
Dog Vomit September 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

It would appear Clemson students have issues with heights.

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I will pray for you September 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Appropriate screen name for yourself. This kid was better than you on his worst day.

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Dog Vomit September 30, 2014 at 2:58 pm

How’s he doing today?

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mamatiger92 September 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm

what a POS you are

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John September 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

According the Greenville Snooze, this is him. Drunk, stupid, or suicidal.

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I will pray for you September 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

And you.

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John September 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

You what?

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Happy Thoughts! September 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

It’s going to pray for you.

Probably by slicing a chicken’s throat, tossing bones on a Ouija board, and sticking pins into a voodoo doll made in your likeness.

Mike Britt October 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Well according to the police report, no alcohol was involved. Several of his group had climbed into a restricted upper deck area at about 5 am to watch the sun rise at they entered port. The ships’ navigation equipment was started up and knocked the student off. He fell the height of two decks and landed on his head.

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John September 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm Reply
I will pray for you September 30, 2014 at 2:54 pm

And you too.

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shifty henry September 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Read the entire article, and paid special attention to the last paragraphs — sort of telling something that could be interpreted several ways. But still sad – because he appeared to be having a good life.

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CNSYD September 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Didn’t take Sic Willie long to close his “investigation” once he found out the incident did not happen at or in the vicinity of Clemson. He is still looking for some spin to say it is all Clemson’s fault.

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CNSYD September 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm

This is Clemon’s fault.

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CNSYD September 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Little screen name stealer is hard at work again. Obviously a member of a frat stuck in his sophomore days.

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VoiceofReason September 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Idiots !

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Tre B. October 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

here is the most thorough insight on this young man’s death… and shame on all of you adults for judging him for what was clearly a preventable accident, but an accident nonetheless… and shame on Fits for the salacious headline and not doing an update as the information became available…

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/30/clemson-student-death/16482671/

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