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Georgia HS Football Player Zyrees Oliver Passes Away at Age 17

Hash marks on the turf during a preseason NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 11, 2014

Zyrees Oliver, a 17-year-old high school football player from Douglas County, Georgia, passed away Monday morning after his family took him off life support. 

According to WSB-TV 2 News in Atlanta, Oliver was placed in the hospital last week after suffering water intoxication and collapsing at home after practice. Declared brain dead, he was removed from a ventilator around 1 a.m.    

"We are saddened to inform you of the death of Zyrees Oliver, a senior at Douglas County High School," Douglas County High School principal Dr. Tim Scott said, via the WSB-TV 2 News report. "He passed away early this morning."

According to Oliver's aunt, Tammy Chavis, the young player complained Tuesday night that he was experiencing cramping during practice as a result of dehydration. It is reportedly a problem he had dealt with for months, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Alexis Stevens

In an attempt to quell the problem, he drank two gallons of water and two gallons of Gatorade after practice. 

The conditions seemed to subside, but early Wednesday morning, he collapsed in his home and was rushed to the hospital. He spent several days in critical condition. 

“It’s incomprehensible,” said another aunt, Nina Oliver, via Stevens. “We had a healthy, beautiful, vibrant young man.”

Excelling both on the gridiron and in the classroom, Oliver not only had hopes of playing college football, but he also held a sparkling 3.8 GPA. His classmates wore team colors to school in his honor. 

Oliver's family is currently raising money to fly his body to New Jersey, where he is originally from. 

The WSB-TV 2 report states that a crisis team will be available at the school to help both students and staff cope with Oliver's tragic and unexpected passing.

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