Penn Student's Cause of Death Still Unknown

Chinese authorities are investigating the death of a Penn student who was studying abroad.

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University of Pennsylvania student Kenneth Nwannunu was found dead on Wednesday in his dormitory while studying abroad in China. Nwannunu, a senior, was a philosophy, politics, and economics major at Penn. But the University of Pennsylvania and Nwannunu's family still don't know how or why the 21-year-old died, the Daily Pennsylvanian reports.

Nwannunu, a New Jersey native, was studying in Shanghai. Because of language barriers and the 12-hour time difference, communication with Chinese officials has been difficult, according to a previous Pennsylvanian report.

"It's being handled by the authorities [in China], and it could be weeks before we know anything," says university spokeswoman Lori Doyle.

No autopsy has been scheduled yet, but the university has already hosted several grief counseling meetings for friends of Nwannunu.