GRAND LEDGE, Mich. — Officials say an incoming high school freshman died after losing consciousness during a football workout in mid-Michigan.

Grand Ledge Public Schools Superintendent Brian Metcalf says in a statement that Everson Guild died Monday after losing consciousness in the Grand Ledge High School weight room. Coaches and school staff used an automatic external defibrillator in an attempt to save him.

Metcalf says the boy, whose age hasn’t been released, was participating in a “voluntary, routine football workout.” The cause of death is under investigation.

Football coach Matt Bird says Everson had just finished a lift when fellow students noticed something was wrong.

Counseling has been made available to students in Grand Ledge, near Lansing. Metcalf says: “Words cannot begin to express our sorrow over the loss of this young man.”

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