September 20, 2014

Coroner: Teen who died on Broome High School track likely had heart issue

The Spartanburg County Coroner said Thursday that a high school student who died after collapsing on the track at Broome High School may have suffered a fatal heart-related issue, but more tests are needed to confirm it.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said 14-year-old Chaquantei Fowler of Cowpens was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital around 3:41 Wednesday afternoon. Spartanburg County School District 3 had previously said the ninth-grader suffered a medical emergency while on the track. School personnel and emergency medical service workers tried unsuccessfully to revive the teen.

Clevenger said a microscopic analysis will have to be performed before he can give a more definitive cause of death, but said preliminary indications are that Fowler had a heart-related issue. He ruled out any foul play.

School district officials said they will honor Fowler prior to the start of the Broome-Chesnee football game on Friday night.

“We offer our deepest prayers and sympathies to this student, his family, and Broome students and faculty,” the school district said in its statement revealing the death.