A UNC-Chapel Hill student has died from complications related to the H1N1 flu.
Lillian Chason, a freshman from Rhode Island, died Wednesday afternoon at UNC Hospitals, according to a post from her father, Eric, on Facebook.
"I'm sorry to have to tell everyone that Lillian died this afternoon at 5:20 PM," the post reads in part. "As you all know, she put up an incredible fight and if there was anyway she could have overcome this disease, she would have."
Chason's friends and family had set up the Facebook page as a way of giving regular updates. It chronicled the young woman's ups and downs after contracting the virus in November.
Laura Page, also a UNC-CH freshman, is left to remember the bubbly girl she met at fall convocation.
"She just came and plopped down beside me and we just clicked," said Page, a native of Gastonia.
Chason planned to study dramatic art, friends said. Though a freshman, she had already scored the lead in a drama department play.
"She was so excited when she was cast," Page recalled.
Chason was also dedicated to exercise. She worked out each day, ate healthy and had considered joining the rowing team, an activity she did in high school, Page said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Lillian’s parents, the Chason family and their friends," UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a prepared statement. "We are so sorry for their loss. Lillian was a special person, and her Carolina family will miss her.”