Texas high school football player died of an aneurism – 6th player to pass away this year

A 16-year-old high school football player who died during a Friday night game reportedly had an aneurysm.

Cam’ron Matthews, of Alto, Texas, is now the sixth high school football player to have died this season since early September, USA Today reported.

Matthews family friend Kimberly Hinson told NBC News the teenager had an aneurysm.

She said: ‘God took Cam’ron when he was ready. It’s not football to blame.’

According to a witness, Matthews told teammates in a huddle ahead of a kickoff that he felt dizzy, USA Today reported.

The news website wrote that the Alto High School junior ‘collapsed on the sideline Friday evening late in the first half with what was initially reported to be a seizure.’

According to USA Today, Matthews was airlifted to a hospital in Tyler and died Saturday around 6pm.

CBS 12 filmed a vigil held at the school’s football field in honor of Matthews on Saturday night.

‘So many people gathering here, it’s very fitting, at the football stadium, where he spent so much of his time,’ Alto ISD Superintendent Kerry Birdwell told KLTV.

‘When you have your own kids and you want them to emulate someone and follow in their footsteps, Cam’ron was a perfect example of that.

‘He was a great kid in the classroom, unbelievable athlete, but more importantly just a great, great kid.’

Grief counselors will be made available to both students and staff members on Monday, Birdwell added.

His family members have created a GoFundMe page asking for donations towards his funeral costs.

This football season, Tyrell Cameron of Franklin Parish, Louisiana; Ben Hamm from Welseyan Christian School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Evan Murray from Warren Hills, New Jersey; Kenney Bui of Evergreen, Washington; and Rod Williams from Burke County, Georgia have all died, according to USA Today.

All of the teens except Williams died after being injured on the field.

Williams reportedly died from a heart defect, USA Today reported.

Last season, five high school players died of causes directly related to football, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina.

Source: The DailyMail

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