Texas football player, 13, dies after becoming unresponsive

Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 12:07:58-04

CROWLEY, Texas (AP) – A 13-year-old middle school student has died after experiencing a medical emergency and becoming unresponsive during football practice.

Crowley Independent School District Superintendent Michael McFarland said in a letter to parents that coaches performed CPR Wednesday on eighth-grader Kyrell McBride-Johnson and paramedics were immediately called. The boy was declared dead at a hospital.

Kyrell McBride-Johnson
Kyrell McBride-Johnson

McFarland says it’s not yet clear why Kyrell died.

Crowley is just south of Fort Worth.

The last scholastic football player to die in Texas is believed to be a high school freshman who collapsed at practice last September in the town of Emory, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Dallas.

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