NAU student stricken with a rare meningitis has died

A Northern Arizona University student stricken with a rare type of meningitis has died.

The parents of Lianne Dennstedt announced Tuesday that their 19-year-old daughter died Monday night at a Flagstaff hospital.

The native of Murrieta, California, was starting her sophomore year at NAU as an environmental science major when she became ill with a severe sore throat.

Dennstedt soon was hospitalized with meningitis, double pneumonia and renal failure and fell into a coma.

Funeral plans are pending. Dennstedt's parents have started an online memorial fund for their daughter.

NAU spokeswoman Kim Ott says Dennstedt's condition was not contagious.

CDC information on meningitis

Mayo Clinic information on meningitis