A 17-year-old high school senior from Ohio, Breanne McKean, tragically collapsed and died suddenly on the football field during the school’s homecoming pre-game ceremony.
According to reports, Breanne was announced as a contender for homecoming queen at Mapleton High School shortly before she unexpectedly passed away.
Mapleton Local Schools reported that the football game was halted at halftime, and both the teams and the student body were informed of this tragic incident.
Breanne McKean collapsed shortly after she was announced as a contender for homecoming queen on Friday, according to the school district. https://t.co/PS9qlG4ZZB— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 4, 2023
NBC News wrote:
The school district said McKean suffered a medical emergency.
“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the McKean family, friends and the Mapleton community,” the district said in a statement on Facebook.
It’s not clear what kind of medical emergency she suffered.
The football game was suspended at halftime, and the homecoming dance scheduled for Saturday, where a queen would’ve been selected, was canceled, the district said.
All athletic events for Mapleton High School were also canceled through Wednesday.
The school district described McKean as “funny, caring, and always full of life.”
“To know Bre was to Love Bre. She always made you feel included and had such a positive and vibrant personality,” it said in a statement.
The Ashland County Coroner’s Office said it will take 12 weeks to determine McKean’s cause of death.
From the press release:
The preliminary report is pending and we are waiting for the completion of the toxicology results. Please note that toxicology is ran for many different reasons other than drug testing. These results will take approximately 12 weeks till they are complete. Cause of death will be determined at that time.
Watch the vide report from WKYC Channel 3:
This has always happened, right? 17 year olds dropping dead suddenly? https://t.co/TpAGqHGa4X— Greg In Riverview (@GregFromBallard) October 3, 2023