Andre Jackson, 17, died from a lacerated intestine after being hit during a football game
Video footage obtained by ABC News shows Andre Jackson’s final game with the Euclid High School football team on Friday. In the clip, Jackson (number 48) is seen going for the ball and colliding with another player with the athlete’s knee slamming into Jackson’s abdomen.
After the hit, the 17-year-old walked to the team’s sideline, the Associated Press reports. A spokeswoman for the school told the AP that Jackson was taken to a medical center that night and released the next day.
On Sunday, he was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland where he died of peritonitis – inflammation of the abdominal wall’s lining –, the AP reports, citing the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Medical officials have not officially determined whether Friday’s hit led to the teen’s death.
Head football coach Jeff Rotsky told WEWS-TV that Friday’s collision was a “pooch kick.”
“[Jackson] was going for the ball, and their guys were going for the ball, and I think he got kicked or kneed.”
School officials announced Jackson’s death in a Facebook post on Sunday, noting that he passed away “following an injury sustained during Friday night’s football game.”
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“Andre was a hardworking student-athlete that brought smiles to all those with whom he came in contact,” officials wrote in the post.
School officials also announced that an upcoming game would start with a moment of silence and balloon release.
A Twitter photo posted on the school’s athletics account showed a group of boys huddled, accompanying the message, “#48.”