Student found dead after wisdom teeth surgery

by: Erica Byfield Updated:

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.,None - A community is mourning the death of a standout basketball player.

 

Jerry Coleman, 19, died sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

 

His family found him in his bedroom.

 

Coleman passed away days after having his wisdom teeth removed.

 

"He was a gifted athlete with gifted talent, but far more than that he was a super human being," said his former basketball coach David Allen at Central Gwinnett High School.

 

"He approached life the same way he approached the game it was 100 percent," Allen said.

 

Coleman graduated from high school last year.

 

In his junior year, Coleman helped his team become the Region 8-AAAAA Boys Basketball Champions.

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He was currently enrolled at Kennesaw State.

 

Allen told Channel 2’s Erica Byfield he hoped to walk onto the college’s basketball team next season.

 

Coleman's former teammates plan to honor him in some way this season.

 

The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner has not yet released an official cause of death.


This incident comes less than two weeks after another teen died after having his wisdom teeth removed.

Law enforcement is investigating after 14-year-old Ben Ellis died after having his wisdom teeth removed. The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into the cause of death.

Read more about Ellis' death by clicking here.


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