Waterville police responded to a medical emergency at a dormitory on Colby's campus; the call is listed on the police's log as an "unattended death."
The 22-year-old was the grandson of the late iconic evening news anchor Walter Cronkite, who was the anchor for CBS Evening News for almost two decades.
Peter Cronkite, grandson of the late Walter Cronkite, found dead of apparent suicide
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Legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite gives his wife Betsy a kiss as they pose for photographers after he presented the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award to Bill Cosby at the 55th annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, in Los Angeles. (AP Photos/Mark J. Terrill)
Walter Cronkite speaks to students from Tokyo's Waseda University at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Tokyo Monday, March 25, 2002. The 85-year-old newsmen, who spent much of his career with CBS News, will be master of ceremonies at the Press Club of Dallas' Katie Awards Nov.2,2002. Cronkite, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, will also be presented with the Press Club's Lifetime Achievement Award. (AP Photo/Tsugufumi Matsumoto)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Walter Cronkite speaks during the PBS segment of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour panel discussion at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on January 15, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 21: News legend Walter Cronkite with his wife pose backstage during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
In this image taken from televison Walter Cronkite is shown interviewing Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Menachem Begin of Israel Monday, Nov. 14, 1977, in a TV broadcast on a possible meeting in Israel. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
TV news commentator Walter Cronkite and his wife Betsy join the "US" magazine's debut party at Elaine's restaurant in New York City, April 18, 1977. (AP Photo)
TV news anchor Walter Cronkite, center, receives a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree by University of Massachusetts president John William Lederle, in Amherst, Mass., May 31, 1969. (AP Photo)
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An obituary in the New York Times indicated that Peter was a Classics major and had expressed interest in sports and sports journalism, having served as the sports editor for his university newspaper. Upon graduation he was set to receive the Foster Prize for Classical Civilization for achieving excellence in his major.
Colby College's president described him as having a "kind, incredibly likable personality."
His funeral will be held on May 2 in New York City.