High school football player who collapsed on field died of congenital heart disease

High school football player who collapsed on field died of congenital heart disease Photo: Pfister family

Updated: October 14, 2019 02:58 PM

A northern Minnesota high school student who collapsed on the football field Friday and later died is said to have suffered from congenital heart disease, according to a preliminary report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.

According to the Aitkin Police Department, 15-year-old Jackson Pfister of Esko High School was at a varsity football game at Veterans Field in Aitkin on Friday night when he collapsed on the field.


Pfister was transported to Riverwood Healthcare Center. He died a short time later.

High school student dies after collapsing on football field

A statement released by Esko School Superintendent Aaron Fischer said the teen suffered from a "cardiac event" after playing most of the game.

Fischer said support services will be available for students on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Additional resources will also be available on Monday as students return to school.

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