A 22-year-old university student has died after falling 12m from a campus tower she had climbed to allegedly take pictures for social media.
"It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock Tower in the early hours of the morning", he said.
School officials confirmed the letter to The Post.
Emergency workers arrived on the scene at 3:17am and attempted to carry her out of the tower on a stretcher, however the building's narrow stairway made it impossible to manoeuvre her.
The student was taken to a local Bronx hospital in serious condition, according to NBC.
The father was seen sobbing as he left the hospital with one of the priests a short time later.
Reportedly seniors were planning to climb the tower and touch the bell.
Fordham University has not commented on the incident.
A school spokesman said the tower was off limits to students, "always locked" and that they were looking into whether the lock had been tampered with. It was reported that Sydney may have been participating in a "rite of passage" ceremony or event.
When the student's vitals flatlined medics quickly decided it would be safer to hoist her out of the tower in a rescue basket, one responder riding with her to perform chest compressions. Sydney, as she wrote on her social media sites, was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine.
Her death was announced to students in an email sent by the school, which described the "unimaginable loss" suffered by Ms Monfries' family, friends and school community.
The university said they will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously.