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Autopsy reveals football player's cause of death

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ADEL, GA (WALB) - The medical examiner's office released the cause of death of a 16 year old Cook County High School football player who collapsed last spring on the practice field after being tackled.

Autps results show Roy White III died from commotio cordis, or blunt force trauma to the chest. 

The three sport athlete was participating in spring drills May 11th when he was tackled in the chest while catching a pass. He died on the way to the hospital.

Commotio cordis is rare and involves sudden cardiac death after a chest blow. Many of its victims are young men who were participating in contact sports. 

White, who played running back and defensive back for the Cook High Hornets, would have begun his senior year at CHS this fall.

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