Matt Smith, aged 22, was found unconscious in his holiday flat after a night out drinking at the annual Oxford and Cambridge Ski Trip at Val Thorens. The paramedics pronounced him dead upon arrival from a suspected cardiac arrest.
Matt Smith, a third year History student at St. John’s College went out partying on his first night. According to the police, the students arrived at Val Thorens on Saturday and had gone straight out to party. This Ski Trip has been an annual event since 1922, and now holds up to 3000 students per year, one of the biggest events in both Universities’ calendars.
Matt’s friends found him unconscious the next morning in the holiday Chalet. They were unable to revive him and so the paramedics were called. Police announced today he was dead at the scene.
His death is suspected to be from a cardiac arrest. The Albertville police will be further investigating the scene for further information about the preceding events and cause of his death. An autopsy will be taking place during the coming week.
A spokesman for St. John’s College told The Times: “We would like to express our deep sadness at the tragic death and send our condolences to his family and friends.”
“While we await the findings of the official investigation, we are offering to support students who may have been affected.”
NUCO Travel spokesman says: “Sadly one of our passengers passed away on Sunday 4th December 2016. At this time, to respect their family’s and friends’ privacy, we will not be commenting further.”
His friends and family have expressed and posted about their sadness of his passing on social media.
Glenn Tamkin, posted a picture with the caption: “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose – I love you so much man RIP.”
Matt’s brother Harry wrote: “I love you so much, Matt. Rest well above the clouds.”