Photo: Robert Garza, 16-year-old Collapses & Dies
South Texas high school basketball, Robert Garza player, collapses and dies without warning during a tournament in Austin, the 2nd such teen to do so within the last two weeks.
Garza, 16, was a junior at Roma High School (a Texas-Mexico border high school) and was playing this weekend in the AAU tournament representing club team, the Hoopsters. He was courtside during a time out when he collapsed after getting a glass of water. Earlier he had been playing and was feeling fine according to his coach Arnold Martinez.
After being administered CPR and taken to a local hospital Garza was pronounced dead an hour later. An autopsy is planned to determine what happened.
This tragic incident comes just a little more than a week ago when another 16-year high school athlete died suddenly while playing basketball. Wes Leonard, a junior at Fennville High School, died on March 3 after cardiac arrest, moments after making a game-winning shot.
An autopsy determined he died of cardiac arrest from an enlarged heart.