The Westerville teenager who collapsed and died after a basketball practice last week died of a natural, heart-related issue, the county coroner said.
Christopher Randolph, 17, was rushed to Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital on Thursday evening after falling to his knees as the Westerville South High School junior-varsity squad huddled after practice. He died that later that night.
Dr. Jan Gorniak, the Franklin County coroner whose office performed an autopsy on Randolph, said his death was natural and “heart-related,” but she would not elaborate. Her office plans to study his death further.
This year was Randolph’s first on the basketball team. He had dreams of a basketball career, family and friends said. His coaches said he was working hard to improve and was on his way to becoming a starter.
Coach Mike Wasylik said the Thursday practice was routine. Randolph didn’t seem to have any problems until the end, when he looked tired and collapsed. A team trainer was in the gym and tended to Randolph before medics arrived.
Randolph was born in Maryland but moved to Columbus about nine years ago with his 13-year-old brother and mother, who came from Sierra Leone. He played drums for services at a church he attended and was part of a youth group there.
The Westerville South Athletic Office is accepting donations to help his family.
By Collin Binkley - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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