PHILADELPHIA — Officials in Philadelphia say two Temple University students found dead in separate incidents last week both overdosed.

Twenty-four-year-old Michael Paytas, of Holmes, was found unresponsive in the university’s library on Nov. 30. The fourth-year marketing major was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

On Saturday, city and campus police responding to a 911 call found 20-year-old James Orlando, of Reading (REH’-ding) dead in his off-campus apartment.

The medical examiner’s office said Monday it won’t reveal what drug was found the men’s system. They also didn’t say if there’s any connection between the deaths.

Temple says it’s grieving the deaths of the students.

The university urged students to look out for each other, especially during the “anxiety-inducing” end of the semester.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.