High School Football Player William Anderson Dies After Collapsing During Game

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William Anderson, a freshman offensive lineman for the Houston High School football game, died on Monday, Sept. 10 after collapsing during a JV football game. Anderson was complaining of “severe chest pain” before being transported by ambulance to the local hospital. He passed away three hours later, according to the Clarion Ledger.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Houston School District go out to the Anderson family,” Houston School District superintendent Tony Cook said in a statement. “William was a wonderful young man who was known for his contagious smile. He will be greatly missed by the entire Houston School District family, especially his friends and teammates.”

Anderson was just 15 years old.

Anderson becomes the second high school football player in the state of Mississippi to die this season, with Byhalia High School offensive lineman Dennis Mitchell dying after he collapsed during an Aug. 24 game.

All of the information we have about Anderson’s passing can be seen below.


William Anderson Cause of Death: Currently Unknown

No official cause of death has been given at this time. However, Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green said an autopsy could be conducted as early as Wednesday, Sept. 12. Anderson was previously diagnosed with high blood pressure and was working to control his blood pressure through his diet.

“Grief counselors were on hand at both Houston High and Middle Schools Tuesday, Sept. 11, to help students, teammates, and friends deal with the tragic loss of William,” Houston School District superintendent Tony Cook added in his statement.

Our deepest condolences go out to Anderson’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.