14-year-old Bronx boy collapses, dies while running sprints at football practice

By Associated Press and Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com

A 14-year-old freshman boy collapsed during football practice Tuesday morning and later died at a New York hospital, police and school officials said.

Emergency crews got a call around 9.30am saying the identified as Dominick Bess had apparently gone into cardiac arrest at Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx, fire officials said.

He was immediately treated on campus then transported to a hospital, where he later died.

Prior to collapsing, the teenager, who wore shorts and a T-shirt to practice without protective pads, was running sprints, WNBC reported.

‘Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, as well as coaches, the team and our student-athletes,’ school officials said in a statement.

Dominick Bess (above), a 14-year-old freshman student, collapsed during football practice at Mount Saint Michaels Academy Tuesday morning and later died at a hospital, police and school officials said

 Prior to collapsing on the field (above), the teenager, who wore shorts and a T-shirt to practice without protective pads, was running sprints, WNBC reported

It’s unclear if Bess had any pre-existing conditions and his cause of death was not yet known.

The school will provide grief counselors for students and staff members beginning on Wednesday.

A heat advisory was issued for the city, but didn’t go into effect until noon.

The Catholic, all-boys prep school is in the northern part of the Bronx. There are more than 800 students.

According to the school’s website, it has a grass football field and stands that seat up to 3,000 people.

The natural field helps tamp down high heat levels, according to the website, which can reduce likelihood of heat stroke and fatigue.

The football season begins in September, but practice had been ongoing for weeks.

Mount Saint Michaels Academy (file above) officials said in a statement: 'Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, as well as coaches, the team and our student-athletes'

At least four other boys around the country have died during practice in the past two months.

On August 10, 16-year-old Joshua Mileto died in New York after performing a drill used by the U.S. Navy SEALs for conditioning.

He was carrying a log with his teammates when it struck him in the head at Sachem East High School on New York’s Long Island.

On August 2, a Mississippi high school player was found unresponsive at his home after practice and later died.

A 16-year-old suffered heat stroke in Fort Myers, Florida, and later died on July 12, and an incoming freshman in Grand Ledge, Michigan, collapsed during a workout and died July 25.

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