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A midshipman at the Naval Academy died of leukemia on Sunday.

A midshipman at the Naval Academy died Sunday of leukemia, the academy said Monday.

Jason Jablonski, 21, of Orchard Park, N.Y., died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Naval Academy officials said. He was diagnosed with leukemia in August and had been treated at the medical center since then.

"His condition deteriorated significantly over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and his immune system surrendered to an infection," Naval Academy officials said in a statement. "He was surrounded by his family and fellow midshipmen when he died."

Jablonski, a midshipman first class, or senior, graduated from Saint Francis High School in Athol Springs, N.Y. He was on the men's ice hockey team and a member of the 13th Company at the Naval Academy. The economics major earned academic honors each semester of his time at the academy and was previously a platoon sergeant and a squad leader.

The Naval Academy is making grief counseling services available to midshipmen, faculty and staff. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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