Southern University cheerleader dies at 19 after alarming social media post, school says

A freshman cheerleader at Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana died this week after posting an alarming message on social media, school authorities said.

Arlana Miller, 19, was a freshman from Texas and a member of the school’s cheerleading team.

“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,” Southern University’s President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton said in a statement Thursday.

The school did not disclose how she died.

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The university’s athletic department said she died after posting on social media.

“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 said.

She allegedly shared a final Instagram post, talking about death and her history with suicidal thoughts. Though it was removed from her page, screenshots of the post were circulated on social media.

It referenced her struggles over the past year with school, Covid-19 and tearing her ACL.

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