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Medical examiner confirms UMD student died from drowning

The 21-year-old from Inver Grove Heights was found several days after going missing.
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The University of Minnesota-Duluth student pulled from the harbor of the Northland city died from drowning.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the cause of death of Jake Lavoie, a 21-year-old from Inver Grove Heights who was studying at UMD.

His body was pulled from the Minnesota Slip on Duluth's waterfront on Friday afternoon, having been missing since leaving Grandma's Sports Garden in Canal Park in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The medical examiner's office says the results of toxicology tests are still pending, with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Duluth PD continuing to investigate his death.

A GoFundMe campaign launched to support Lavoie's family has so far raised more than $16,000 in the space of just two days.

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Lavoie was a business student at UMD and had just started his senior year, with the fundraiser saying "many lives were impacted and improved by Jake's presence."

"The devastation and pain are deep and complex with this unexpected, tragic, and sudden loss," it adds.

"The Lavoie family has impacted and supported so many of our families over the years. It is now time we provide them support. While financial support will not take away the emotional pain of losing a child, it will help with avoiding or lessening the financial pain that accompanies that loss."

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