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Dutch Fork High School football player dies after collapsing at practice

A Dutch Fork High School football player died after collapsing at football practice, Tuesday.

Jack Alkhatib, 17 of Irmo, was identified as the player who died by Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford Wednesday.

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Lexington-Richland School District Five issued a statement late Tuesday night confirming the student had passed away. But the student was not identified.

“The death of any youth in our community is a tragedy for all,” the statement said. “At this difficult time, we turn our attention to supporting the family.”

Alkhatib was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Lexington-Richland Five said there will be counselors at the school for the next several days.

The statement from the district is below:
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the death of a Dutch Fork High School student who passed away Tuesday after collapsing at football practice. The death of any youth in our community is a tragedy for all. At this difficult time, we turn our attention to supporting the family.

“Out of respect for the family, we will not share details or release the name of the student. Our focus is on supporting our staff and our students in the coming days.

“This is a sad day for us and our entire community is grieving this loss. Additional counselors and district support will be available to students over the next few days.”