Griffin Metto, a junior at Colby, has passed away, the Colby Echo reported today.

In a campus-wide email, Colby President William D. “Bro” Adams told students that Metto had died in a hospital today near his home in Franklin, Mass., after a brief illness.

Metto was the news editor of the Colby Echo. The paper's co-editor-in-chief Julianna Haubner ’14, told the Orient that the illness was “sudden” and his condition “deteriorated quickly.” Doctors and Metto’s family “don’t really know what happened,” according to Haubner.

Metto was a classics and government major who participated in Model UN, in addition to his work on the Echo.

“He was also just an all-around awesome person—really sweet, kind of quiet, mild-mannered and humble,” Haubner said.

“In my four years working on the paper, I've never seen someone be so committed and dedicated to a group of people and a product the way he was to the Echo and our editorial staff.”

According to Adams’s email, Colby is organizing a memorial service for Metto on campus, though it likely will not take place until after Colby’s spring break, which begins next Saturday.

The Echo will be publishing a special issue next week celebrating Metto’s life. If you have anything you wish to share about Metto, contact Echo co-editor-in-chief Tim Badmington '14 at

Editor's note, March 14, 7:55 p.m.: This article has been upated to clarify that Haubner and Badmington are editors-in-chief of the Echo.