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July 24, 2013

High school athlete’s death linked to tumor

ATLANTA — A brain tumor caused the death of a northeast Georgia high school football player, Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s officials said Tuesday.

Jordan Bracken-Howley, 17, died suddenly Monday morning at his father’s house in Lawrenceville, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (http://bit.ly/15Dw6TA). The teen would have been a senior at Apalachee High School in Winder, where he played as an offensive and defensive lineman.

Bracken-Howley’s football coach, Shane Davis, said the teen complained of a headache on Sunday and just wasn’t feeling good at practice. When his father tried to wake him early Monday, the teen was unresponsive and could not be revived, Davis said

Bracken-Howley had a pituitary tumor at the base of his brain, said Ted Bailey an investigator at the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s office. The findings are consistent with the teen’s symptoms, which included nausea. The tumor swelled and put too much pressure on his brain, officials said.

Bracken-Howley wasn’t a starter for the football team, but was a hard worker nonetheless, Davis said.

“We can all learn so much from him because of his attitude and work ethic,” he said. “He wanted to be a part of what we were doing, and he was a part of it.”

WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/130hH5k) reported the teen was also an advanced placement student.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

 

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