A California high school football player died suddenly over the weekend, his family told administrators at his school.
Jeremiah Joyner, 16, went home feeling sick, got into bed, and never woke up, according to an email sent to the Oakland Tech community sent by the school’s co-principals.
The co-principals said the Tech community is “in shock, trying to come to terms with the loss of Jeremiah,” reported KTVU.
His coaches praised him.
“This is so sad. Jeremiah was indeed a respectful, polite and hard working athlete,” his junior varsity coach K.C. O’Keith said in a statement
Joyner was remembered as a tough player who played bigger than his size.
A 16-year-old Oakland Tech football player died suddenly over the weekend – he went home feeling sick, got into bed and never woke up, his family told the high school. https://t.co/JOnuUe3cHu
— KTVU (@KTVU) March 27, 2018
There has been no other information released concerning Joyner’s death.
People commenting on Facebook believed he may have had a problem stemming from playing football.
“Tragically, it sounds like he may have suffered a bad concussion or a bleed on the brain. Head trauma makes you feel sick, as your brain will trigger a response similar as if it were trying to expel a foreign contaminant,” said one user.
Others, though, said the cause could have been anything.
“Parents be so busy with their own life they forget about the doctor’s office do a checkup every 6 months. Yall forget about that type of stuff,” said one user.
“Heart issues go undetected all the time, in kids and adults, even those who go to the Dr. Without knowing what killed this precious child or anything about his life or his parents it’s kinda crappy for you to make a judgment of his parents like this,” another user replied.