15-year-old dies after football practice at Georgia high school

BIBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia high school is mourning the death of a student who died after suffering a medical emergency after football practice.

During practice at Southwest High School in Macon on Monday night, student athlete Joshua Ivory Jr. suffered a medical emergency, the school said.

The boy was rushed to the hospital where he died later that evening.

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Ivory would have been 16 years old this fall.

The school’s principal released a statement about the death:

“Joshua was a wonderful young man full of promise and zeal. He had an infectious smile and a very kind heart. He enjoyed sports and spending time with his family. Joshua’s personality made it easy for him to make a great impression and huge impact on his teammates, coaches, and the entire Southwest family. He was one of a kind. A great example of a Southwest High School Patriot,” wrote principal A. Bernard Young on Facebook.


The school said counselors will be with students and faculty for support.

“This is not how anyone envisions the start of a new school year, but I know we will get through this together as patriots. Supporting each other as I know we can is what will help us get through this difficult time,” Young said.

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