A high school football player suddenly died after a game in Texas, according to local reports.
Chase Lightfoot, 17, died of a cardiovascular problem, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office, reported ABC13. He was a junior at Shadow Creek High School in Pearland, playing on the school’s varsity football team.
“He ran off the field. One of my friends, his name is Junior. He grabbed him, I guess he was breathing hard. He grabbed (Lightfoot) and he was pouring water on his neck,” Dameon Jackson, a teammate of his, told KHOU-TV.
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“He came off the field, fell on the ground. I was in shock. Couldn’t do anything,” Jackson said, according to ABC13.
He received medical attention from doctors on the sideline before he was taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead later that night.
School officials released a statement on his death.
“As educators, there is nothing we will deal with more difficult than the loss of a child. This will be a difficult week for our campus. It will also be a time for us to pull together and show support for the young man’s family as well as those closest to him,” Shadow Creek High School Principal Kelly Hestand stated.