Joshua Ivory Jr., who would have been 16 in the fall, “experienced a medical emergency” on the field, Southwest High School Principal Bernard Young said in a Tuesday letter to the school community.
“Joshua was a wonderful young man full of promise and zeal,” Young wrote. “He had an infectious smile and a very kind heart. He enjoyed sports and spending time with his family.”
“Joshua’s personality made it easy for him to make a great impression and huge impact on his teammates, coaches, and the entire Southwest family. He was one of a kind. A great example of a Southwest High School Patriot.”
Bibb County Athletic Director Barney Hester said the young football player collapsed before 6 p.m. on Monday and died later at Atrium Health Navicent, according to WMAZ, a local CBS station.
An autopsy for Ivory has been scheduled but no cause of death has been reported at this time, WMAZ reported.