11-year-old dies after collapsing while playing basketball in Urbana

An 11-year-old boy died after he collapsed while playing basketball at an Urbana YMCA Saturday, according to officials.

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The boy, identified as Troy Byrd, suffered a medical condition while playing at the Champaign Family YMCA Jan 26, Paul Waldsmith, CEO of the YMCA said in an emailed statement.

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“Byrd received immediate attention by Y staff, who called 911, and provided first aid and CPR until first responders arrived,” Waldsmith said.

Byrd was transported to Mercy/Urbana Hospital where he later died Sunday.

“We are saddened at this loss because Troy was a part of our Y family,” Waldsmith said. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.”

The cause of Byrd’s death has not been ruled and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy and toxicology report, Champaign County Coroner Josh Richards told News Center 7’s Jenna Lawson.

Several area teams are wearing Byrd’s number 8 to honor him, who died a day before his 12th birthday.

We’ll update this story as more details become available.

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