Authorities are investigating the death of a Northwestern University student Sunday morning at a hospital in north suburban Evanston
Kenzie Krogh, 20, had told her friends Saturday morning or afternoon that she wasn’t feeling well, according to Evanston Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew. They took her to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where she stayed overnight.
Krogh, who lived in North Carolina, was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. Sunday at the hospital, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. An autopsy Monday did not rule on the cause and manner of her death pending further investigation.
Glew said detectives were working to determine Krogh’s activities before she felt ill and went to the hospital.
Krogh was a junior at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, according to a statement from Todd Adams, the university’s assistant vice president and dean of students. She was involved in Greek life on campus as well as club sports and served as a teaching assistant in the Kellogg School of Management.
“We extend our deepest condolences to Kenzie’s family and friends,” Adams said in the statement. “Grieving is normal when experiencing loss, and the loss of any one member of our community affects us all.”
Adams said grief counseling was available on campus for anyone who needs support.
Krogh’s family said they were with her when she died at St. Francis on Sunday, according to a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.
“Kenzie was exceptional in so many ways: In her devotion to her family and friends, her love of animals, and her ability to multi-task and succeed with whatever she put her mind to,” the family wrote in their statement. “Her mind was always reaching to find new avenues of learning and discovery, especially when it came to social issues. Her years at Northwestern University opened up that passion, and her extraordinary professors, mentors, and fellow students gave her the tools, inspiration, and confidence to pursue it.”
In addition to her other extracurricular activities, Krogh had a strong interest in women’s issues and donated her time last year to Lady Parts Justice, a feminist group who use humor and pop culture to promote reproductive rights, according to her family’s statement. She also earned an upcoming summer internship with international consulting firm Deloitte in Chicago.
“Kenzie will be remembered with love, laughter, and joy as we remain thankful to have had her love and presence in our lives,” the family added.
Evanston police are investigating her death.