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Student Dies In Class On 21st Birthday After Thanking God For ‘Another Year Of Life’

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Screenshot of Ariane Patterson's Twitter account. (credit: Twitter)

Screenshot of Ariane Patterson’s Twitter account. (credit: Twitter)

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — A student at Gardner-Webb University collapsed in class and died on her 21st birthday after thanking God on Twitter for living another year.

A spokesman says Ariane Noelle Patterson was in a religion class at the Boiling Springs school when she collapsed Tuesday afternoon.

Patterson tweeted that day, “Thank you God for a nother year of life.”

Spokesman Noel Manning says Patterson’s cause of death is under investigation. He says the school is investigating whether Patterson had previous health problems.

Manning says an emergency medical technician who is a student in the class and nurses helped with CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Patterson died at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.

She was a senior majoring in religious studies and went to high school in Rutherford County.

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