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UVA student dies after collapsing at D.C. club

D.C. police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old University of Virginia student who died at a hospital after collapsing at a rave club in the Ivy City neighborhood of Northeast Washington, according to authorities.

Mary “Shelly” Goldsmith, of Abingdon, Va., was pronounced dead at Providence Hospital at 3 a.m. Sunday, police said. A report says she felt ill about 1:40 a.m. on Saturday in a club called Echo Stage in the 2100 block of Queens Chapel Road NE.

A university e-mail sent to students described Goldsmith as a Jefferson Scholar and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She was in her second year. The cause of her death has been ruled undetermined.

No one answered the phone at the club on Tuesday. Many of its events are advertised for teens 18 and over.

The school said in its e-mail that Goldsmith had been “visiting he area with U-Va. friends.” Police said she had come on a bus to go to the club. Goldsmith’s father, Robert, told a local Virginia television station that his daughter felt ill while in the club and asked a friend to call an ambulance before she collapsed.

Peter Hermann covers crime for The Washington Post.

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