Football Player Dies After Collapse In Coatesville Scrimmage

COATESVILLE, PA — A Catholic West Prep student and football player is dead after he collapsed during a scrimmage in Coatesville on Tuesday.

Ivan Hicks Jr., 16, of Philadelphia, a player for West Catholic Preparatory High School, was pronounced dead at Brandywine Hospital at 6:43 p.m., according to the Chester County Coroner.

The Coroner’s Office confirmed the sudden death of Hicks during a football 7-on-7 voluntary activity in Coatesville on Tuesday.

Hicks, a student at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, was taken to Brandywine Hospital after collapsing while taking a water break at approximately 5:45 pm. Resuscitative efforts were immediately initiated at the scene by coaching staff, then taken over by Washington Hose EMS who transported Hicks to Brandywine Hospital Emergency Department. Hicks was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:43 p.m., according to a news statement from Chester County Coroner Christina VandePol, MD.

The Chester County Coroner’s Office was then contacted and responded to the hospital, VandePol said.

The Coroner’s Office is conducting a full medicolegal death investigation, including an autopsy scheduled for Friday.

“We are committed to getting answers for Ivan’s family, friends, and community. His parents have been notified and our hearts go out to them,” said VandePol.

“There was no sign of external injury in this tragic unexpected death. We will be looking closely at possible cardiac causes, given what is known about sudden death in young athletes, but it’s too early to draw any conclusions. Cause and manner of death are pending during our open investigation.”

Anyone with information concerning the death is asked to contact the Chester County Coroner’s Office at 610-344-6165 or

Hicks was an offensive and defensive lineman who was 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 300 pounds, according to MaxPreps, a prep school sports website that posts videos of games and players in action.

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