Fleming Island two-sport athlete Ben Johnson suffered cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage after collapsing at school on Tuesday. (Contributed photo)
Fleming Island High School athlete dies two days after collapsing at school
By Justin Barney
Fleming Island two-sport athlete Ben Johnson was pronounced dead on Thursday, two days after he was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at school.
Wolfson Children’s Hospital released a statement Thursday about Johnson, who passed out while working out in the weight room. He was transported to another hospital before being taken to Wolfson.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Ben Johnson, a Fleming Island High School sophomore who passed away at Wolfson Children’s Hospital today at 11:55 a.m. Ben suffered cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause. The family appreciates prayers and asks for time to grieve privately with their close friends and family.”
Johnson’s family released a statement through Wolfson.
“Ben went to be with his Lord and Savior today. While we mourn, we find peace knowing he is with Jesus. We also find hope in Ben’s selfless decision to donate his organs. Please pray for healing for our family. Our hearts are broken.”
Johnson played baseball and football for the Golden Eagles.
Fleming’s game on Friday at Ridgeview will include a pre-game tribute to Johnson, with his jersey number painted on the Panthers field, said Ridgeview Athletic Director John Sgromolo.
Clay County School District Superintendent Addison Davis said in a statement that Johnson will be missed.
“In the last two weeks, Clay County has suffered a number of scenarios that have impacted our community. We are devastated to hear about the incident involving our student, Ben Johnson. He was known as a kind, caring friend and son, who was a leader inside and outside the classroom. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben’s family.”
Social media lit up Tuesday afternoon as news of Johnson’s condition spread through the community, with teammates, coaches and fellow students mourning his loss and posting dozens of rest in peace tributes.
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