Arlana Miller, a 19-year-old Southern University student, reportedly passed away after making an Instagram post that alluded to taking her own life.
According to NBC News, Miller is a Texas native and was a member of the school’s cheerleading team. The HBCU’s president has since spoken out about the tragedy.
“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,” President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton said in a statement Thursday (May 5).
The school did not reveal how Miller died.
"On May 4, 2022, at approximately 9PM, Southern University Athletic Department was notified of a social media post which ultimately led to this unfortunate announcement," the statement added.
In the final Instagram post, which has since been removed from the social media platform, Miller talked about death and her history with suicidal thoughts. She also referenced struggles with school, the COVID-19 pandemic and tearing her ACL.
Southern and the school’s athletic department announced that counseling is available for all students and student-athletes to help cope with the tragic news.
“We ask for your prayers, love and support. Our deepest sympathy to The Miller family, SU Cheer, & friends. We love you Arlana #ForeverJag,” athletic director Roman Banks and the school's athletic department said in the statement, according to NBC News.