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Teen Dies 5 Days After Collapsing At Football Practice
An Arlington High School junior died Tuesday night, five days after he collapsed during a football scrimmage, CBS 2 reports.Tyler Lewellen, 16, was hospitalized on August 22 after he collapsed and lost consciousness during a practice game at Rubidoux High School, the Riverside Unified School District said.
According to the Press Enterprise blog, Lewellen was injured during the scrimmage, but did not specify what kind of injury it was.
Riverside Unified School District officials said he never regained consciousness. He died at Riverside Community Hospital Tuesday evening.
Cause of death has not yet been announced.
A psychological crisis team will be available at the school this morning, the Press Enterprise blog reports.
"The plan right now is to gather the football players together so they can grieve together and to provide the appropriate support to the general student body at Arlington," Riverside Deputy Superintendent Michael Fine said in a letter to school board members.
A press release from the school district states, "This is a deep loss for our Arlington and RUSD families and we appreciate the community's support at this time."
Arlington Principal Antonio Garcia said in a statement, "Tyler was a wonderful young man with a bright future ahead of him and everything to look forward to. We are so saddened that he was suddenly taken from us. Arlington appreciates our community's support as we grieve the loss of one of our own."