High School Football Player Jakobe Cooper Collapses and Dies During Practice
A 16-year-old boy from Mississippi died on June 16 while he was on the football field. According to the Clarion-Ledger, the teen suffered what is being called a “medical emergency” during a “routine” practice.
The teen identified as Jakobe Cooper was rushed to a nearby hospital after he collapsed. Sadly, he passed away hours later.
Shannon High School principal Jason Arledge took to the school’s Facebook to share a statement following Cooper’s tragic passing.
“The Red Raider family is heartbroken due to the loss of one of our own. Ja Kobe Cooper was passionate for all aspects of life, he was extremely respectful to his teachers and administrators, and he was a joy to be around. Whether we knew him as a student, as a football player, or as a classmate, he was a valued member of our Red Raider family, and we will continue to miss him.”
The statement also added that a vigil celebrating Cooper’s life would be held on June 18. It also asked those in the community to continue praying for Cooper family during this difficult and tragic time.
Cooper was a running back and a linebacker for his school’s football team. During his freshman season, Cooper played in six games and registered four tackles, the Daily Journal reported.
As far as what led to Cooper’s death, that is unknown. The cause of death will be determined pending an autopsy, according to the Daily Journal. Temperatures in Shannon, Mississippi reached 84-degrees on Tuesday.
A teacher at Cooper’s school also took to Facebook to remember her student.
“This beautiful soul goes by many names, but I called him Prince Coop because we had to change his schedule about ten times before he was pleased with it. He definitely liked things a particular way, and I love that about him! He had the most beautiful smile and personality. He was beyond respectful to all of our teachers and one of our many favorites. I’m going to miss his visits to see what snacks I had and his unforgettable demeanor. JaKobe was taken from us too soon, but the best ones always are. Prayers to his family, coaches, teammates, and our school. He will be sorely missed.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Cooper’s family and friend during this difficult time.
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