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    Kell Gammeltoft (21) died after he became trapped in a ventilation duct while attempting to rob a business

    A 21-year-old Knoxville man has died from injuries he suffered when he became trapped inside the ventilation duct of a Fort Sanders market for several hours last week, police said.

    Kell Gammeltoft died Monday, four days after firefighters extricated him from a vent above the kitchen stove top at the 17th Street Market & Deli, according to a Knoxville Police Department news release.

    Gammeltoft attended Webb School of Knoxville, where he wrestled, ran cross country and played on the state champion soccer team, according to his obituary.

    He attended the University of Alabama on an Presidential Scholarship, and more recently transferred to the University of Tennessee.

    Authorities were called to the business shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday to find him trapped and screaming for help.

    "Gammeltoft stated he had been stuck since the early night hours of June 5," the release states. "During the rescue attempt, Gammeltoft lost consciousness and lost his pulse."

    Gammeltoft's actions constituted attempted burglary, according to the incident report from the Knoxville Police Department. Gammeltoft reportedly said he was "incredibly intoxicated" and that he climbed on top of the building where he was going to "sit on the rooftop and smoke."

    However, police believe Gammeltoft was attempting to burglarize the business prior to getting stuck, according to the incident report.

    Gammeltoft was taken to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, and later transferred to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    Officers found a 50-gallon barrel placed on top of an air conditioning unit behind the market.

    "Investigators noted that Gammeltoft, who stated that he had climbed onto the roof, removed the vent cap on the rooftop prior to putting his legs inside the vent," the release reads. "He then fell into the vent and remained lodged until KPD officers were called."

    Kell Anders Gammeltoft, age 21 of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away at UT Medical Center on June 8, 2019, surrounded by family and a huge group of friends who had traveled from all over the country and abroad to be with him and wreak havoc in the ICU. He was a remarkable son to his parents, Dr. Karsten and Lisa Gammeltoft and a wonderful friend and teammate to his big brother, Kasper Gammeltoft. Kell is also survived by his grandmothers, Mary Ann Groth (Peter) and Olga Gammeltoft, his uncles, James Wolff (Viktoriya), Joseph Wolff (Silvia), Henning, Lars and Jens Gammeltoft, honorary aunt, Lauren Brown, cousins Tobias, Ida, Randi, Cristina, Nikolas, August and Madelyn, and his beloved Riley. Kell is also survived by a group of the most wonderful friends anyone could ever have. Kell attended Webb School where he ran cross country, wrestled, played on the state champion soccer team and was voted "worst case of senioritis." After graduation, he attended the University of Alabama on a Presidential Scholarship before deciding that he preferred the University of Tennessee. Kell was both a renaissance man and a dilettante. He was a voracious consumer of information about history, philosophy, politics, science and technology who loved to argue and debate. He could repair almost anything, which was fortunate given some of his other hobbies. He was a terrific cook and he loved to organize a good party. A celebration of Kell's life will be held at The Showroom at Five Points, 1529 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 6:00p.m to 9:00p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to East Tennessee Children's Hospital, The Development Office, P. O. Box 15010, Knoxville, TN 37901-5010. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273)

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    Weird. He sounds like a decent sort who made a stupid decision.

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