ONEONTA _ The unattended death of a 21-year-old Oneonta man found by a housemates at about 8 a.m. Friday is under investigation, state police at Oneonta said.

There was no indication of foul play, troopers said.

Michael Knobloch, 21, a part-time bartender at General Clinton Pub, lived with three others at a home at 392 Chestnut St. in the town of Oneonta, said Investigator Jeff Moore with the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The cause of death was pulmonary edema, he said.

Otsego County Coroner James Hurley, who declared Knobloch dead at the scene, said it was an abnormal buildup of fluid on the lungs. The cause has yet to be determined.

He estimated the time of death was 7 a.m. Thursday.

Loitsch was about 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed about 300 pounds, Hurley said. An autopsy was performed Friday at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton by Dr. James Terzian.

Toxicology tests are pending, but the preliminary test for drugs was negative, Hurley said, though he was not sure if alcohol was a contributing factor.

Housemate Brian Loitsch, 23, said he found his friend's body after Knobloch's boss called that morning, saying he needed to talk to his employee.

At the house Friday, Loitsch discussed his memories of Knobloch.

"Mike was always full of energy," Loitsch said, and he didn't show any signs of a medical condition.

"He was always willing to lend a hand if someone needed something," Loitsch said.

Knobloch had lived at the house for three months and had attended the State University College at Oneonta, though he didn't graduate, Loitsch said.

Knobloch stayed in the area because he had a lot of friends, Loitsch said.

He last saw Knobloch on Wednesday night, though he said this was not unusual because the two were on different schedules.

General Clinton Pub owner Jim DeAndrea said, "He was a very nice fellow."

He said he called to ask Knobloch, who worked on the 9 p.m. to closing slot, to take on extra shifts. DeAndrea described Knobloch as "a big, gentle guy."

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