School basketball player ,16, dies after falling at practice

Cheryl Kahla
Dec 29, 2018
06:25 A.M.

A healthy student basketball player from Kew Garden Hills passed away on Wednesday after he collapsed during practice.


The teen, 16-year-old Lenny Pierre, was rushed to hospital where he passed away hours later. The cause of death is not known at this time.

His mother, Edna Georges, told reporters that she is in shock. Pierre called her shortly before he collapsed to say he's feeling lightheaded.

She added: "My son don’t have no health problems. I don’t know what went wrong."


Georges was at work at the time, and by the time Pierre's uncle arrived at the hospital, it was already too late. He said, "they had already finished CPR, and he was dead."

His uncle confirmed that Pierre was in perfect health and that he played basketball regularly. "Nothing was out of the ordinary at all," he added.

Those who know him say that Pierre was a respectful and kind person who never got into trouble and lived for the basketball.


Pierre lived with his mother, sister, and grandparents. According to the neighbors, they are a "nice family," and are always "very friendly."

“My son’s gone too soon. I truly will miss my son forever. That’s a big hole in my heart. That’s my first born. Even if I have another son, it’ll never be Lenny, my sweetheart, my sweet son. I don’t know how. Healthy, young, talented. He used to run track before he joined.”


Unlike Pierre, who sustained no injuries, a 17-year-old teen from Pike County High School passed away after a head injury during a football match.

The game was in its second quarter when Dylan Thomas collided head-on with another player. He collapsed shortly after that.

Earlier this month, a teenager from Gully, Minnesota, lost his life when a pickup truck crash. He was already dead with emergency personnel arrived.


The case is being investigated, and reports suggest that the pickup truck left the road and rolled several times.

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