Cadet found dead at Academy

Cadet 4th Class James Walsh, pictured here, was found dead in the Air Force Academy Cadet Area Feb. 9, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Cadet 4th Class James Walsh, pictured here, was found dead in the Air Force Academy Cadet Area Feb. 9, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Airmen 1st Class James Walsh and Daniel Bermudez tour the Air Force Academy Visitor Center Jan. 14, 2011, during a Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development orientation. Both were selected for entry into the Academy Preparatory School and into the Academy's Class of 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

Airmen 1st Class James Walsh and Daniel Bermudez tour the Air Force Academy Visitor Center Jan. 14, 2011, during a Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development orientation. Both were selected for entry into the Academy Preparatory School and into the Academy's Class of 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force Academy Cadet 4th Class James L. Walsh died Saturday night in the cadet area.

Academy personnel found Walsh, contacted emergency services and attempted to revive him using life-saving measures without success.

"The Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic loss we suffered Saturday," said Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, the Academy superintendent. "As we grieve the passing of James, we ask that everyone keep his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers."

Brig. Gen. Greg Lengyel, the commandant of cadets, informed the Cadet Wing of the death Monday.

The cause of death is under investigation.

Walsh, a prior-enlisted Airman, was one of three selected from Joint Base Andrews to attend the Academy Preparatory School in 2011. He was previously assigned to the 744th Communications Squadron as a cyber transport systems apprentice. He said he decided to attend the Academy in 2006 after visiting the campus for his cousin's graduation ceremony and after enduring the financial strain of tuition costs at a Maryland college.

"It was like a second chance," he said.

Academy personnel are coordinating funeral arrangements with the cadet's family.