Southern University cheerleader dies after alarming social media post, school says

Arlana Miller, a freshman from Texas studying agriculture, died this week. A rash of student-athlete deaths this year has cast a spotlight on their mental health needs.

A freshman cheerleader at Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana died this week after posting an alarming message on social media, school authorities said.

Arlana Miller was a freshman from Texas and a member of the school’s cheerleading team.

“Our entire campus community is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Arlana Miller, a freshman who was majoring in agriculture on the Baton Rouge campus,” Southern University’s President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton said in a statement Thursday.

The school did not disclose her age or how she died. The university’s athletic department said she died after posting on social media.

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