High School Football Player Dies

A Kentucky high school football player who collapsed during practice has died.

15-year-old Max Gilpin died last night at a Louisville hospital, three days after he and another player collapsed at Pleasure Ridge Park High School. Both players said they had trouble breathing shortly before. The other player, a senior, was released from the hospital Friday.

The temperature during Wednesday's practice was 94 degrees, but school officials say coaches did nothing wrong because the players had regular water breaks.


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  • by unknown Location: ky on Jan 10, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    It is horrible that a young kid lost their life; But how come no autopsy on tne kid was done to see the offical cause of death!!! Could the family tell the news why? Or do they just wan't money instead? I'f i was the coaches i'd ask for one!!!
  • by April Location: Palm Beach, FL on Sep 6, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    I agree that this is a horrible tragedy and so sad. My prayers and sympathy are for the family. However, to blame the coaches and to say that practice shouldn't be held b/c it's too hot? C'mon. I live in FL and all the football teams practice w/ worse conditions than those in KY. Try 94 degrees w/ about 95% humidity! Don't blame the coaches or the school. If it weren't for sports, some kids would never make it through school! This is just a freak accident. Maybe the boys had underlying conditions that caused their collapse. No matter the case, this is a very sad time for the family and my heart goes out to them.
  • by bobby Location: FL on Aug 30, 2008 at 12:57 PM
    It really hurts to see players die like that! Lord bless this family and give them happiness!
  • by Haley Location: Lincoln County on Aug 29, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    I think this was such a tragedy. I feel so bad for his family and friends. I cant imagine what they are going through. I am 16 years old, a year older than him, and i could not imagine losing one of my friends. My prayers are with his family and friends.
  • by mike Location: lexington on Aug 28, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    I blame the coaches and there high ego's to produce the best team.
  • by Kerri on Aug 27, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    Tell me, is it worth a childs life to run these kids ragged? Many coaches think that being tough on the kids builds character. All they care about is winning games. Tell me? Was it worth it? If two players collapsed, that's not a coincidence! They had water breaks? Woopdedo. Playing all day in 94 degrees with all the gear they wear??? Nice job Einstein. Shame on the coaches.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Aug 27, 2008 at 10:20 AM
    Elizabeth - School is not about "fun". It's about preparing our youth for the future. On a percentage basis, how many people (i.e. - professional athletes) make their money from playing games? Now. Compare that to the percentage of uneducated people that were not adequately prepared for the "real world".
  • by Elizabeth on Aug 27, 2008 at 06:11 AM
    For Bill my comment is, thats the problem with schools these days, they've sucked all the fun out of it. My 8 yr. old nephew already hates going. Sports offer a way to make friends, learn discipline and manners, as well as teamwork and cooperation. Some things you get from sports cant be taught in a textbook. I agree however that they shouldn't be allowed to play if the weather is not suitable. It's a senseless tragedy any way you look at it.
  • by Bill Location: Pike on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    All sports should be removed from all Ky. schools.Its awaste of money and time. Education is needed not ball chaseing.Do away with it before more kids die.Stop the stupity.
  • by Annie Location: Morehead on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    August is not the appropriate time for football practice. Every year we hear about young men dying for a sport that is supposed to be played during cooler weather. How sad for this family that they have lost their child before he has really had the opportunity to live. I don't put the blame on any one person or organization. I just think that school officials should reconsider practicing football during what is known as the hottest month of the year!
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