College Wrestler Dies After Desperately Looking for Water

May 18, 2023

The parents of Grant Brace, a University of the Cumberlands wrestler, say their son died from an "exertional heat stroke" after struggling to find water. When he became exhausted and begged for a water break during training, one of his coaches allegedly told him to keep going or he'd be kicked off the team. Brace’s grieving parents say he desperately tried to find water but he collapsed and later died. The parents sued the university and two of Brace’s coaches for wrongful death. Without admitting any wrongdoing, the university and the two coaches settled the lawsuit with his parents, with the school agreeing to pay $14 million. The university says it will work with an expert to help raise awareness about heat-related injuries. Grant's coaches did not respond to Inside Edition's requests for comment.

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