Sterling High School student dies during basketball practice

STERLING, Illinois -- The Sterling High School student who passed away has been identified as a 16-year-old basketball player.

Dominic Franklin was running plays at basketball practice on Sunday, November 4 when he collapsed, according to the Whiteside County Sheriff, Joe McDonald.  Franklin's coaches called 911 immediately and the student-athlete was taken to the hospital, just one block away.

Franklin was pronounced dead on arrival at the ER, said McDonald.

A preliminary autopsy showed that Franklin died of a heart ailment.  McDonald said they would be conducting further studies to figure out what contributed to the teen's apparent heart condition.


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