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Young Boy Dies After Sudden Collapse On Soccer Field

An 11-year-old boy who collapsed last week during a youth soccer game died on Tuesday night, hospital officials said.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - An 11-year-old boy who collapsed last week during a youth soccer game died on Tuesday night, hospital officials said.

Alan Zapata was playing at an indoor soccer field in Provo last Thursday. During the match, Zapata complained of a headache to his coach and was removed from the game. A short time later, the boy reportedly collapsed and began breathing rapidly. Coaches began CPR when Zapata's breathing ceased altogether.

The boy was initially taken to an emergency room in Provo, but was airlifted to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City soon afterward. A hospital spokesperson said Zapata died late Tuesday night, and the boy's family revealed via Facebook that he was removed from life support at 11:45 pm.

Officials believe Zapata went into cardiac arrest, but it's not yet clear exactly what triggered the heart attack. Family members said Zapata was a healthy boy before the soccer match, and they aren't sure why his heart failed. Doctors will perform an autopsy, hoping to determine the cause of death. If Zapata had a genetic heart condition, doctors said it's important to discover because it could also affect the boy's siblings.
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