High School Freshman, 14, Dies During Football Practice

Playing 14-Year-Old Freshman Dies During Football Practice

Tragedy struck on a New York high school football field this week when a freshman athlete collapsed and died during practice.

Dominick Bess, 14, was involved in non-contact football practice when he collapsed Tuesday after teammates said he appeared exhausted and asked for water, CBS New York reported. 

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"The student was treated immediately on campus and paramedics transported him to a local hospital,” Mount Saint Michael Academy, an all-boys Catholic school in the Bronx, said in a statement.

Bess was rushed to Montefiore Medical Center where he was reportedly died of cardiac arrest.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, as well as coaches, the team and our student-athletes,” the school said.

While officials work to determine the cause of the boy's premature death, his family is struggling to come to terms with the loss of their "angel."

"An angel gone too soon, a young man who had a lot of promise who could have been anything and everything," Dominick's uncle, Bertram Meade, told reporters.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also offered condolences on social media.

"Our hearts break for this young man’s family," he tweeted. “We should prohibit sports practices during heat waves.”

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