A referee collapsed and passed away during halftime of a junior varsity boys basketball game in Pennsylvania Friday night.
“Michael Roebuck, 45, a first-year official from New Stanton, was about to take the court for the second half of a game between Yough and Mt. Pleasant when he dropped to the floor,” the Tribune-Review reports.
High school basketball referee collapses during game, later dies – CBS Pittsburgh
MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (KDKA) – A high school basketball referee has died after collapsing during halftime of a game on Friday night. https://t.co/5LK04sfxr8
“Despite the immediate medical response and efforts of our first responders, Mr. Roebuck tragically passed away due to the severity of the emergency. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest of sympathies are with Mr. Roebuck’s family and friends,” the statement said.
A message was left with the Westmoreland County coroner seeking more information.
Amari Crite, a freshman girls’ basketball player at Momence High School, died during a junior varsity game against Tri-Point.
“The 14-year-old starter was participating in the basketball game and, according to those familiar with the event, Amari was heading to the defensive end of the basketball court when she collapsed,” Daily Journal reports.
Her cause of death is currently unavailable.
The Kankakee County Coroner’s Office reportedly said the cause of death is pending further study.