High school football player dies unexpectedly after being pulled off the field for looking pale

By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER

A high school freshman who looked pale during his football conditioning drills suddenly died in the hospital on Monday.

Kamari McGowan, 15, was at football practice around 5.30pm when a coach noticed he was unwell, pulled him off the field, and called paramedics, according to WXIA.

McGowan died in the hospital, becoming the second student involved in football at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia, to die in four years.

   

The Georgia High School Association said it would begin an investigation on Wednesday. Pictured, Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia, where McGowan was a freshman

McGowan’s cause of death remains unclear, but members of the high school were shocked at his sudden passing.

Markele Garrett wrote on Facebook: ‘Long live my lil brother. Man it’s crazy he gone, he too young it wasn’t his time.’

Lisa Hankins wrote a tribute to the teenager, saying: ‘Our hearts are sooooo heavy! We just saw him a couple of weeks ago!!! Baby we are going to miss you soooo much.

‘I know for a fact that God has gained another Angel in the Great heavens.’

‘Fulton County Schools is saddened by the heartbreaking news of the death of Kamari,’ spokeswoman Susan Hale said in a statement issued Tuesday.

The Georgia High School Association, which oversees athletics and other activities in the state, said it would begin an investigation on Wednesday to see whether practice guidelines were followed.

McGowan's death comes just four years after De'Antre Turman, another football player at the same high school died from a broken neck after he was injured in a game in 2013

McGowan’s death comes just four years after a junior football player at the same high school died after he was injured in a game.

De’Antre Turman, who already had a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky, was injured in August 2013 during a game against Banneker High School.

Turman died from a broken neck due to blunt force trauma, according to investigators.

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