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21st birthday celebration turns deadly for former MNSU student

A young woman died early Tuesday morning after a night of drinking to celebrate turning 21.

Amanda Jax, of Mayer, Minnesota, was found dead in an apartment complex off-campus in Mankato Tuesday morning. She was a former nursing student at Minnesota State University and drove in from out of town to celebrate her birthday, according to KSTP.

According to police, she was taken to the apartment after becoming very intoxicated and was found by her friends unresponsive Tuesday morning.

"It appears that alcohol played a significant role in Jax's death," according to the police news release.

Autopsy results are still unavailable at this time.

"She was at the top of our class in high school, extremely smart, just accepted into nursing program, always there for her friends," Erin Salonek, a friend of Jax’s, said.

According to the Star Tribune, Jax had been previously convicted twice for drunken driving in 2005 and 2006.