Houston football player dies after feeling ill

A high school football player died after feeling ill.

Posted: Sep. 11, 2018 10:42 AM
Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 7:44 PM

Update 4 p.m.

Statement from Tony Cook, Superintendent, Houston School District

"Houston School District suffered a tragic loss Monday, Sept. 10, when Houston High School student and football player William Anderson passed away.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire Houston School District go out to the Anderson family. William was a wonderful young man who was known for his contagious smile. He will be greatly missed by the entire Houston School District family, especially his friends and teammates.

Grief counselors were on hand at both Houston High and Middle Schools Tuesday, Sept. 11, to help students, teammates, and friends deal with the tragic loss of William."

Update 12:36 p.m.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green identifies the player as William Anderson. An autopsy will be performed. 

Update 12:30 p.m.

Houston School District Superintendent Tony Cook says the player became ill during a junior varsity football game.

See the original post below.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A high school football player died after feeling ill.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green says the 15-year-old from Houston High School was at football practice Monday when the player started feeling ill.

The player was taken to the emergency room in Tupelo sometime near 8 p.m.

Green says the player was pronounced dead sometime near 11 p.m.

The name of the player has not been released.

Houston School District Superintendent Tony Cook says the district is devastated and that their thoughts and prayers are with the player's family. He says pastors and counselors are at the school today to help students.

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