Dominick Bess dies from sudden cardiac arrest on first day of football practice

Mount St. Michael football player dies after collapsing at practice


A 14-year-old football player collapsed during practice at Mount Saint Michael Academy Tuesday and later died, police say.

Dominick Bess, of Baychester, was taking part in cardio drills around 8:45 a.m., when emergency responders say he went into cardiac arrest. After he fell, school staff tried to resuscitate him and paramedics arrived to rush him to Montefiore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A source at the school says the students were exercising outside in shorts and T-shirts without pads – training that officials say is not rigorous. Authorities say they were not immediately sure whether the boy had a pre-existing condition. It was his first day of practice.

Mourners paid their respects at his family home in Baychester. An uncle says Dominick was outgoing, loving and an exceptional student. He had received a scholarship to attend the private Catholic school and would have started classes there this upcoming semester. His mother was too upset to speak with News 12 on camera.

The school released a statement offering “heartfelt thoughts and prayers” to Dominick’s family, friends and teammates.

It’s unclear whether heat or exhaustion played a role in Dominick’s death, but there was a heat advisory in effect in the Bronx from noon to 6 p.m. School officials say practice was earlier in the morning. The medical examiner will determine an official cause of death.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest takes another young life.

14-year-old Dominick Bess collapsed during his first day of football practice at Mount Saint Michael Academy and was not able to be saved, despite efforts by an athletic trainer to revive the teen.

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The grieving family tells us Dominick was an honor roll student who earned a partial scholarship to the Mount because of his strong grades, but his passion was in sports.

Heartbreakingly, this bright and talented student would never get to enjoy even one day of high school. Fellow football players are devastated to have lost a brother.

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