12-year-old N.J. football player dies a week after collapse

A youth football player who collapsed on the field during a practice in southern New Jersey last week has died.

But authorities say it’s still not clear what caused the death of 12-year-old Jeremiah “Lil’J” Pierce.

The South Jersey Times reports the Salem boy was practicing and running drills with his teammates on Sept. 23 when coaches say he collapsed on the field.

The boy was taken to a local hospital and was later moved to the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, where he died on Sunday.

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