High School Football Player Dies

A North Carolina high school football player has died after practice and officials are investigating whether he was dehydrated.

Seventeen-year-old Atlas Fraley of Chapel Hill High School died Tuesday.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Tom Clark said Wednesday evening he was investigating whether dehydration caused Fraley's death. The newspaper said Fraley's coach initially thought he died from an asthma attack.

David Finley said his son had followed a strict hydration routine after collapsing at practice last year. But he said Tuesday's early morning scrimmage didn't allow his son to follow the routine of Gatorade and water he drank before the usual evening practice sessions.

His parents found him unresponsive Tuesday evening when they returned home.


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