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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The son of one of our colleagues at KSL died in a tragic accident in Washington, D.C. over the weekend.
Eric Wright, the 22-year-old son of KSL Newsradio host Doug Wright, was found unresponsive in an alley shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. Police say it appears Wright fell off the roof of a 7-story apartment complex.
While police are still investigating the death, they say it appears to have been an accident.
Eric was a vibrant, energizing, and joyful soul who brightened everyone around him.
Eric Wright was a senior studying history education at the University of Utah. He had been working in Washington, D.C. since last Monday as an intern for Utah Rep. Rob Bishop.
Eric's brother, Ian, is also doing an internship in Washington, for the Republican Governors Association.
Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, flew to Washington to help the other interns deal with the loss. In a statement, he said, "Eric was a vibrant, energizing, and joyful soul who brightened everyone around him. He had a passion for public service, current events, and engaged citizenship."
Jowers went on to say, "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family who helped instill these wonderful attributes in Eric. I am honored to have had him as a student, intern, and friend. No words can express how much we will miss Eric."
University of Utah President Michael K. Young also issued a statement, saying, "Eric was an exceptional student with a promising future and will be greatly missed by his fellow students, the faculty, and the staff at the University."
We offer our condolences to Doug and his family during this difficult time.