Cal Poly student dies at apartment complex

Brenden Nichols


A Cal Poly student died Sunday inside his apartment close to the university campus. [Mustang News]

Brenden Nichols was a sophomore agricultural business student from Orangevale, Calif. It is unclear what caused his death.

San Luis Obispo firefighters arrived at Nichols’ apartment at Cedar Creek Village Sunday and administered aid, but did not succeed in resuscitating the Cal Poly student. The SLO County coroner’s office is now investigating the death.

Nichols was a a Week of Welcome leader and intramural volleyball player at Cal Poly.

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong and Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey sent an email to the campus community Monday night confirming Nichols’ death.

“The university is in contact with his family to offer our support, and our thoughts are with them and Brenden’s friends during this difficult time,” Armstrong and Humphrey stated.