Latrell 'Fred' Dunbar dies in Mississippi

Updated: September 10, 2011, 10:30 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- A Mississippi Gulf Coast high school football player died Friday night after collapsing on the field during a game, authorities said.

D'Iberville High School football player Latrell "Fred" Dunbar was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. local time Friday at Ocean Springs Hospital, Jackson County coroner Vicki Broadus told The Sun Herald.

WLOX-TV reported Dunbar was given CPR on the field before medics arrived. It was not immediately clear what caused his death.

Broadus told The Sun Herald an autopsy would be conducted Saturday if state pathologist Paul McGarry were available.

Dunbar had no visible injuries, but "that doesn't mean that it wasn't an injury," she said, according to The Sun Herald.

D'Iberville coach Buddy Singleton told The Clarion-Ledger that Dunbar collapsed during the third quarter while returning to the huddle after a play. Dunbar, a junior running back, did not carry the ball on the play.

D'Iberville is just north of Biloxi, an area that was hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. D'Iberville was playing at Gautier, another Mississippi Gulf Coast community.

Singleton said paramedics and physicians "did everything possible."

"I've been in this a long time and I have always feared something like this would happen," said the 70-year-old coach. "He was a great kid."

Play was stopped while Dunbar was taken off the field. Singleton said the players voted to continue with the game, which D'Iberville went on to win, 17-14.

Afterward, the players were told their teammate had died.

"I've been coaching a long, long time and it is, by far, the worst moment I've ever had," Singleton told The Sun Herald. "The game really didn't mean anything."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.