01/09/2013 08:34 EST | Updated 03/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Chris Rogers Dead: Alberta Student Dies In Mexico After Balcony Fall


EDMONTON -- Canadian Foreign Affairs confirms that a Canadian has died in Mexico, and an Edmonton-area woman has identified him as her friend, 21-year-old Chris Rogers of St. Albert.

Caitlin Boyd said Tuesday the University of Alberta student died in Mexico last weekend while vacationing with friends at a Cancun resort.

She said Rogers was at a hotel bar on Saturday when a fight broke out and he was punched.

"As far as we know, it was a concussion that caused him to be delirious, so his friends brought him back to the room,'' Boyd said. "That's when he went outside and fell off the balcony.''

She said an autopsy will be performed in Edmonton when his body is brought back home.

Ian Trites, the spokesperson for Canada's Foreign Affairs and International Trade department, provided a statement.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of a Canadian Citizen who passed away in Mexico,'' he said.

"Canadian consular officials in Mexico are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and are providing consular assistance to the family.''

Boyd said that Mexican police continues to investigate the incident.

She adds that Rogers was just about to graduate from the university's engineering faculty.

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