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MIT student, Rhodes scholar, dies

Eliana Hechter, a student at MIT and Harvard, died, her family said. The announcement was posted on MIT's website.

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A student studying in a joint Harvard and MIT medial program has died, her family told the school, but little information has been released about her death.

Eliana Hechter was a first-year student studying in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, according to a letter posted on MIT's website. The letter, posted online Friday, was sent to members of the MIT and Harvard communities on Thursday. The letter also said Hechter's family notified the school of her death on Thursday.

"We encourage students, administration, and faculty to come together as a community to remember Eliana as a student with tremendous promise, and one who has been lost far too soon," the letter said.


Hechter also studied at the Broad Institute in Cambridge where she worked on medical and population genetics, according to her webpage.

In 2006, she was named a Rhodes scholar. At age 14 she entered the University of Washington through an early entrance program, according to her Rhodes Scholar biography.

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