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Georgia high school football player’s cause of death released

Official cause of death released

An official cause of death has been released for a Georgia high school football player who died on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Pike County High School football player, Dylan Thomas, official death report from the coroner said he died of cardiac arrest related to a head injury sustained in a football game. The coroner ruled Thomas’ death an accident.

The coroner told local news outlets that the injury Dylan Thomas sustained is “an anomaly” which required perfect pressure and angle to create the symptoms that led to Thomas’ death. The coroner told local news outlets that there was no way to prevent such an injury.

Dylan was considered a healthy 16-year-old boy with no pre-existing medical conditions which would lead to his sudden death, according to the coroner’s medical report.

Below is the timeline from the medical report:

That was at 9:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

He was assisted off the field and was initially responsive, but minutes later, that changed.

At 9:27 p.m., Dylan’s condition began to deteriorate, and an ambulance was called.

By 9:38 p.m., Dylan was en route to the hospital in Griffin.

At 10:15 p.m., he was taken by Life Flight to Grady Memorial Hospital. He was admitted at 10:58 p.m.

Over the next 40-45 hours, Dylan underwent several surgeries and medical tests.

He died two days later at 7:41 p.m. on Sept. 30.



Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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