Teen has heart attack playing basketball, dies

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A New York mother is in shock after her teenage son died of a heart attack while playing basketball at his school.

So far, what caused his death is a total mystery.

“I’m not here. I’m not here,” said Edna George, the boy’s mother.

George, the mother of 16-year-old Lenny Pierre, is still processing the teen’s sudden death in the middle of basketball practice just one day after celebrating Christmas together.

“I have a healthy boy. I don’t know what went wrong to tell you the truth. I will never know,” George said.

Lenny was a promising basketball player at John Bowne High School in Flushing Queens.

He collapsed in the school gym right after noon during practice.

“While he was playing they saw him a little shaky. Told him have a seat, he said he was a little light-headed and he collapse,” George said.

He went into cardiac arrest, according to police.

When EMS arrived, he was already unconscious and unresponsive.

He was transferred to the hospital where they pronounced him.

In a statement, Mayor Bill De Blasio said in part: “As a parent, and a father of student-athletes, I can only imagine the pain and sorrow being felt by Lenny’s family, loved ones and classmates.”

“I know my son. I never went to the hospital with him, he was not allergic to anything, he was not under no medication. Healthy as you could know,” George said.

The medical examiner is working to determine Lenny’s cause of death. 

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