Autopsy finds no sign death at Albright was heat-related

Reading Eagle
Courtesy of The Harrisburg Patriot-News

Samuel Gitt, 17, a football player at Boiling Springs High School in Cumberland County who died Friday while attending a camp at Albright College.  A 17-year-old Cumberland County boy died in Reading Hospital after collapsing in a dormitory at Albright College, where he was attending a football camp, officials said Saturday.

Samuel Gitt was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m. Friday, according to the Berks County coroner’s office.

He was a student at Boiling Springs High School.

An autopsy performed this afternoon determined the death was not heat-related, according to officials in the Berks County coroner’s office. A ruling on the cause has not been issued pending the results of further tests, officials said.

Gitt was in an Albright dormitory Friday night when he collapsed, college spokeswoman Barbara Marshall said.

Albright public safety officers summoned the ambulance that took him to the hospital, she said.

Coaches at the camp were vigilant about making sure students were safe and kept cool during the camp, she said.

She said the Boiling Springs team did not play during the hottest part of the day. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported the camp included sessions in air-conditioned classrooms and some outdoor practice.

Gitt, a 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive lineman, had played football for the district since middle school and also participated in track and field, the Patriot News reported. Boiling Springs officials told the Harrisburg paper that he didn’t have any known health problems and had undergone a mandatory physical.

Albright football coaches were hosting about 300 high school football players for the camp, which was to last from Thursday through Sunday, Marshall said.

Marshall said the campers were sent home today after the tragedy.

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