Student Passes Away After Football Practice Collapse

Student Passes Away After Football Practice Collapse

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DOUGLAS COUNTY,GA.-A Douglas County High School student has died after collapsing at home after varsity football practice last Tuesday.

A School official told FOX 5, Zyrees' Oliver, 17, complained about feeling cramp after practice and Head Coach Jason Respert took him into air conditioning. Oliver's mother picked him up and took him home.

Officials say Oliver collapsed and was airlifted to a regional hospital Wednesday morning.

Oliver was a senior at Douglas County High. He had a 3.8 GPA and is considered a “bright student.”

Monday morning, school officials issued this statement:

"We are saddened to inform you of the death of Zyrees Oliver, a senior at Douglas County High School," reported Douglas County High School Principal Dr. Tim Scott. "He passed away early this morning."

"Zyrees was part of the Tiger Family since the end of his sophomore year but during that short time he touched many lives. Zyrees was a blessing to his football and track teammates, his classmates, coaches and our school staff. The death of any young person is a loss that, in one way or another, affects each of us. We have lost one of our children but we will not forget his academic, athletic and overall impact and achievement he had on and while at our school."

Funeral arrangements are not known at this time.

"The crisis team will be at Douglas County High School to help students and staff cope with this loss," said Dr. Scott. "We suggest parents discuss this matter with your children and respond to any questions that arise."

Oliver was set to begin his senior year of high school when he collapsed late Tuesday at his Douglasville home. 

Relatives say Oliver drank two gallons of water and another two gallons of Gatorade the day he fell ill. Doctors told them Oliver suffered massive swelling around the brain from over-hydration. Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel tells FOX 5 doctors can't say with certainty what killed him.

The GBI conducted an autopsy Monday to determine the exact cause of death.

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