NEW MADRID, MO (KFVS) - A 16 year old student athlete has died after collapsing during football practice yesterday, according to New Madrid County Coroner Jimmy McSpadden.
Raymond Tindle, 16, of Lilbourn collapsed during practice. He was taken to a Sikeston hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Tindle was going to be a junior at New Madrid County Central High School this year.
An autopsy will be performed Wednesday in Farmington.
School superintendent Bill Nance calls the death "very tragic." He says it happened at the beginning of practice around 8:40 a.m. and that the practice was cancelled immediately after it happened. Tindle did not play football last year.
The school is in the process of working with the team and offering counseling to coaches and players.
Nance says this is a "big tragedy to family, school and community. Very sad day for everyone involved."
The death is under investigation, but is not considered suspicious, according to New Madrid County Terry Stevens. The sheriff says the investigation is standard procedure with the death of any juvenile.