The family and friends of an Ohio-based 17-year-old high school senior and homecoming queen hopeful experienced a nightmare over the weekend.
According to the Daily Caller, Breanne McKean of Mapleton high school was on the football field when she suddenly collapsed. She later died at a hospital on Friday evening.
The tragic turn of events happened after she was announced on the field. The football game was ultimately suspended at halftime and those in attendance were notified of the unthinkable situation that had developed.
Official confirmation of the teen's tragic death was announced in a social media post by Mapleton Local Schools.
"It is with a heavy heart that the Mapleton Local School District announces the passing of Bre McKean, a senior at Mapleton High School, on Friday, September 29, 2023 due to a medical emergency during homecoming festivities prior to the football game," the post stated.
It added, "The Mapleton-South Central football game was suspended at halftime and the teams and student body were notified of this tragic event."
Breanne McKean collapsed shortly after she was announced as a contender for homecoming queen on Friday, according to the school district. https://t.co/s7ahtetrH5
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 3, 2023
Her father, Tim McKean, who's also the high school’s athletic director, told local media outlets that Breanne "was everything to us."
Principal Corey Kline issued a statement on the teen's passing.
Bre Mckean was the type of student that lived life out loud," Kline said. "She was a wonderful student who had a zest for school spirit and her fellow students."
"Her personality and smile would light up any room, and she was instantly the life of the room," he continued.
— Hello Dave (@tulloch1978) October 3, 2023
A cause of death has not been revealed, as an autopsy is ongoing.
The Epoch Times noted:
The cause of Ms. McKean's death remains unknown. Ashland County Coroner's Office investigator Jenny Taylor said that her body had been transferred to Lucas County for an autopsy, according to reports. Her death bore some similarities to the case of an 18-year-old student named Hunter Palmer who died and collapsed during track practice at a high school in Nebraska in May.