Paul Simmons, a 17-year-old senior at Marist Catholic High School, collapsed on the school gym playing the game he loved Thursday night, dying hours later from an undetected genetic heart condition.
Simmons was at the school for a senior class “lock-in,” where the students were allowed to stay overnight at school. He was playing a pick-up game of basketball with his varsity teammates that night when he suddenly fell to the court, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
An autopsy revealed that Simmons suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, according to ABC-7. It’s an uncommon condition where the heart muscles thicken, one that can go undetected for a lifetime. But it can also disrupt the rhythm of the heart, leading to sudden collapse and death.