Sorrow at death of student, 20, from Lewes

morgan grant
morgan grant

Tributes have been paid to a University of Sussex student who was found dead in his halls of residence on the Falmer campus.

Morgan Grant, 20, from Lewes, was in his first year at the university where he was studying games and multimedia environments. He was found dead on April 12.

Professor John Carroll, the head of the Department of Informatics, said: “The university is deeply saddened by Morgan’s death.

“He was a valued member of the student community and was doing well in his studies. He had a wide circle of friends, both amongst his peer group in the department and also in the university more generally.

“His smiling face and positive attitude also made a strong impression on his course tutors, and he will be much missed.”

Morgan’s twin sister, Tansy, said: “Morgan was more than an incredible man, to know him was to love him.”

Morgan , who was originally from Oregon in the United States, moved to Lewes about a decade ago. He was the co-founder and project co-ordinator of the V-Project, which provides support and guidance to young people living in Lewes.

It was set up following the death of Morgan’s friend, former Priory School classmate Vadim Yastrzhembsky, who died in June last year.

Vadim’s mother, Anna Eraut, of Lewes, who leads the V- Project, said: “We are all shocked and saddened by Morgan’s death. He was a beautiful, talented young man and will be a big loss to the V-Project and everyone who knew him.

“Morgan and Vadim’s other friends set up the V-Project, and gave up their time to train as peer mentors, so they could offer support and advice to other young people in Lewes on issues such as bullying, drug and alcohol misuse, relationships and mental health issues.

“As a tribute, everyone at the V-Project is determined to carry on the work Morgan started, to provide a space for young people to come and be open with their worries and problems, and to make sure that no others have to go through the same pain and heartache that we have.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said Morgan’s death was not being treated as suspicious and the matter has been referred to the coroner’s officer. An inquest will take place on August 6.

He wrote with enthusiasm about his involvement with the V-Project on its website. He said: “I think the V-Project is a totally unique and exciting project perfect for Lewes. I think that it has so much to offer so many people and has the potential to change lives.”