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Authorities: Manyang died at treatment facility

Ater Manyang

Authorities have confirmed that Ater Manyang, a 2012 graduate of Rochester Century High School and star basketball player, died by suicide Friday at a state addiction treatment center in St. Peter.

Manyang, 24, was found dead Friday afternoon at the Community Addiction Recovery Enterprise treatment center in St. Peter, according to the Ramsey County medical examiner's office.

The Post-Bulletin reported Manyang's death Sunday , but details about how and where he died were not released. Confirmation of those details was reported by the Star Tribune.

Manyang is the older brother of Akolda Manyang, who plays basketball for the University of Oklahoma. Akolda Manyang did not play in his team's NCAA second-round game Sunday and was reported to have returned to Rochester.

Ater Manyang was a 6-foot-5 forward at Century, a four-year starter who became the school's all-time leader in scoring (1,244 points), rebounding and steals.


His death was the fourth suicide at a state treatment facility since early last year, including one at the Community Behavioral Health Hospital in Rochester last summer. A 26-year-old woman from St. Paul died by suicide at the 16-bed Rochester hospital on June 22. After that death, the commissioner of the state Department of Human Services ordered a "systematic evaluation" of procedures at the seven facilities statewide.

The department also was to begin a computer-based training initiative for staff to raise awareness of symptoms of people who may be at risk of suicide. That training was to be completed by last August.

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