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A 16-year-old student died during a flag football game in Las Vegas.
Ashari Hughes said she was experiencing “chest problems” during the game and went to the sideline before she collapsed.
On Thursday, Ashari Hughes, a 16 year old from Las Vegas, Nevada, died suddenly while playing flag football. She began experiencing chest pain and collapsed. The Clark County Coroner’s office has not yet released Hughes’ cause of death. pic.twitter.com/yk0PKHtDVJ
— Lisa Marie (@Lisamarie1577) January 7, 2023
Hughes was a sophomore at Desert Oasis High School and her school was playing against Valley High School.
She collapsed at around 7:30 p.m. and was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the official cause of Hughes’ death.
Ashari Hughes, 16, dies after Desert Oasis High School flag football game https://t.co/XB2KCh4EN9 pic.twitter.com/itr1yuiCQP
— New York Post (@nypost) January 7, 2023
It’s speculated that the cause of death is due to cardiovascular problems.
It’s unclear what caused chest problems for a young, healthy student. A doctor had cleared her to play in athletic competition, her family noted.
The community is mourning the loss of 16-year-old Ashari Hughes. The Desert Oasis High School student died after a medical emergency during a flag football game. Here are a few photos provided to News 3 by her family. Those who knew Ashari only had kind words to say.@News3LV pic.twitter.com/0Y52JBy5tt
— Tiffany Lane (@TiffanyNews3LV) January 6, 2023
Desert Oasis High School principal Ian Salzman said Hughes “suffered a medical emergency during an athletic event” and was provided medical aid from staff until paramedics arrived.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that the student passed away. The school and the entire district mourn the loss of this young life,” Salzman wrote.
A GoFundMe page was organized by Hughes’ family for funeral costs and had already raised over $2,000 two hours after it was posted.
Another athlete suddenly collapses!!!
This time 16-year-old Ashari Hughes suddenly collapsed during a high school flag football game in the south Las Vegas Valley.
Why are all these athletes dying? pic.twitter.com/hua68Zu28v
— Robert Cornicelli for America First (@cornicelliny) January 8, 2023
The fundraiser has surpassed $24,000 of its $50,000 goal.
“She called football the real love of her life! She loved hard and was loved by many,” the family wrote. “She will be missed by all of us.”
🧵UNFORTUNATELY, THIS SEEMS TO BE THE NEW NORMAL AMONG OUR YOUNG ATHLETES
Sophomore Ashari Hughes, 16, who played for Desert Oasis High School, collapsed and died suddenly after suffering a medical emergency during a flag football game..
— Just__AnTheFacts©™ ☦️🇺🇸❤️🇬🇷🕊 (@Just_AnTheFacts) January 8, 2023
The 16-year-old’s death was three days after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed in the middle an NFL game.
Hamlin had his breathing tube taken out and is taking small steps toward recovery.