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Lawsuit Filed in Death of High School Football Player

Jan 6, 2016

The parents of a 16-year-old New York City high school football player who collapsed during a 2014 football practice and later died have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

In court papers filed in December 2015, the parents allege that the city, education officials, and emergency workers failed to provide adequate care to the boy after he collapsed. They claim a defibrillator was not readily available after the 6-foot-2-inch, 295-pound player fainted during practice at Curtis High School on Staten Island, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The medical examiner ruled that the teen died of a heart muscle condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but the family says routine physical examinations never revealed any problems. The boy's father told the New York Daily News that his son had passed a physical in July and the family was not aware of any pre-existing conditions.

The lawsuit was filed in state Supreme Court on Staten Island, the AP reports. The family seeks unspecified damages.

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