UPDATE: According to North Carolina CBS affiliate WNCN and ABC affiliate WTVD, Isaiah Langston died on Monday morning in connection with the injuries he suffered after collapsing during pregame warmups on Friday night. The news was confirmed by Wake County Schools on social media. The linebacker’s death followed impassioned support and prayer for the teen across social media, with the Rolesville Fellowship of Christian Athletes organizing a prayer circle before school on Monday and other Twitter users continuing to remember the late teen.
As reported by HighSchoolOT and North Carolina news station WNCN, among other outlets, Rolesville junior Isaiah Langston collapsed shortly before the scheduled kickoff of his team’s scheduled game against Southeast Raleigh on Friday. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, and remains hospitalized at WakeMed in Intensive Care, according to WNCN.
Eyewitnesses told HighSchoolOT that Langston had collapsed during routine warm ups before the game, and the linebacker apparently gave no signs that he was feeling ill or under the weather in any way prior to his frightening collapse. There has been no immediate diagnosis of what may have plagued Langston, but the symptoms of his collapse mirror other cases in North Carolina in recent years that have eventually been attributed to cardiac arryhthmia and myopathy; an irregular heartbeat or enlarged heart.
Regardless of what caused the collapse, the Rolesville community has rapidly rallied behind the teen, with the school’s Fellowship for Christian Athletes chapter organizing a massive prayer circle on behalf of both teams following Friday’s game and calling for an additional meet up on Monday morning, when Rolesville students will all wear red to support the teen.
Meanwhile, tweets of support for the teen were streamed all weekend with the hashtag #PrayforIsaiah.