College student dies after falling off cliff while posing for a photo

College student dies after falling off cliff while posing for a photo

College student dies after falling off cliff while posing for a photo

A 20-year-old college student died after falling from a cliff in Arkansas while attempting to photograph herself, authorities said.

A Briar Cliff spokesperson told Yahoo Lifestyle, "It is with very heavy hearts that we confirm the sudden passing of Briar Cliff University's Andrea Norton".

Some outlets have said Norton was trying to take a photo when she fell from the popular hiking destination, CBS News noted, but Norton's mother, Tamara Norton - who did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment - has denied the claims, saying that a previous ankle injury may have caused Norton's fall.

Norton was visiting the rock formation while on a hiking trip with her college friends, according to her obituary.

"Her light, courage and drive is what drew people to her". The school is working out arrangements with Norton's family for a memorial service in the near future, a BCU spokeswoman said Sunday afternoon.

"She inspired those who knew her to be the best version of themselves, helped them reach their own goals and had such compassion for everything", the tribute continues. First responders recovered Andrea's body by rappelling down the cliff and bringing her up in a litter.

She played women's volleyball and was on a symphony choir scholarship at Briar Cliff, where she was a triple major in biology, environmental science and global studies.

In a tweet, the university called Norton a "passionate environmental science major, exemplary student & dedicated athlete".

'The Charger volleyball family is at a loss for words after hearing of the loss of Andrea Norton.

She was on her school's volleyball team, which shared its condolences on social media.

Black Hills Juniors family, Please keep your thoughts with the friends and family of our former club member, Andrea...

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