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College Senior who fell from clock tower while taking selfie

Fox news reports that the young woman who fell off the bell tower, was attempting to take a selfie during a 4 am rite of passage.

According to her social-media profiles, Monfries is studying journalism, interned at InStyle magazine and is set to graduate in May.

Fordham University student who climbed the campus' landmark bell tower Sunday to snap photos of the New York City skyline has died after she accidentally fell, the university said.

Sydney Monfries, a 22-year-old senior, was taking part in a 3 a.m. climb when she fell through an opening on the first landing of the tower, plummeted 40 feet and struck her head, the New York Post reported. Her condition had been listed as critical at a hospital in the Bronx not far from the Fordham campus, but on Sunday evening, the university's president announced her death in an email to students.

"Our hearts go out to Sydney’s parents, and her family and friends—theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief," Rev. Joseph M. McShane wrote. "There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise—and mere weeks from graduation. Fordham will confer a bachelor’s degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time."

Students said climbing the tower, touching the bell and taking photos of the sweeping views were part of a senior-year “rite of passage,” according to the paper.

A 22-year-old Fordham University was crtically injured as she climbed the school's bell tower early Sunday with other students to snap photos. (Fordham University)

“I heard they were just getting a better view of the city,” a senior told the paper. “I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened.”


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