Sophomore dies in Theta Delta Chi house

Jan. 17, 2020, 4:44 p.m.

Eitan Michael Weiner ’22 died in his residence, the Theta Delta Chi (TDX) house, on Friday morning, the University announced.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death, a County press release announced Friday afternoon. A preliminary investigation found no evidence of foul play. 

Weiner had been planning to major in history, and lived in the Arroyo dorm during his first year on campus. Much of his family is Stanford-affiliated. His sister, Ya’el Weiner ’19, studied human biology; his father, Amir Weiner, is an associate professor of history and his mother, Julia Weiner, is an associate vice provost for medical center development.

The Palo Alto Fire Department pronounced Weiner dead at approximately 10:21 a.m. on Friday. Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole sent an email to the campus community that afternoon, and an obituary on Monday.

“While I did not have the pleasure of knowing Eitan, I have been learning about him through his friends and family, who say he was full of love, joy, wit, curiosity and loyalty as a son, brother and friend,” she wrote on Monday.

“At this point, we believe Eitan had every intention to be with us for many years to come, and we will focus our thoughts on his loving memory,” she added.

In addition to history and politics, Brubaker-Cole wrote, Eitan was passionate about hip-hop and rap music, had taught himself how to produce an album and was planning on doing so. 

“Eitan was a deeply cherished member of our community,” the TDX fraternity told Brubaker-Cole. “We will miss his open mind and inviting presence. We are all mourning the loss of our beloved friend.”

Following a private funeral on Wednesday, a public memorial will be held on Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Tresidder Oak Lounge. 

This article has been corrected to reflect that the Palo Alto Fire Department pronounced the student dead, not the Palo Alto Police Department. The Daily regrets this error.

This article has been updated following the provision of further information by the University.

Contact Erin Woo at erinkwoo ‘at’

Erin Woo '21 is The Daily's Vol. 259 Editor-in-Chief. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, she is studying communications and creative writing at Stanford. She has also reported for The Mercury News and WNYC. Contact her at eic 'at'

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