A teenager who experienced breathing difficulties at a soccer game died Tuesday, after he was taken to a hospital, a Washington, D.C., charter school said in a statement.
The District of Columbia International School on Wednesday said it was "devastated" to report the death of the male 10th-grade student, who was not identified in the statement.
"He was having trouble breathing at his soccer game," the statement said. "His coach dialed 911 and accompanied him as he was rushed to the hospital, where he suffered a cardiac arrest."
Doug Buchanan, a D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman, said authorities received a call about 6:25 p.m. Tuesday regarding a patient who was feeling faint and showing signs of possible dehydration.
The teen athlete was treated at the scene and on the way to the hospital, Buchanan said.
The 16-year-old student did not have prior health problems, such as asthma, according to Mary Shaffner, the school's executive director. The varsity soccer game was played on a field in Anacostia Park.
"He's a wonderful kid, wonderful student," Shaffner said. "And we'll miss him terribly."
The student died about two hours after an ambulance responded Tuesday, Shaffner said in an email.
A D.C. police spokeswoman said in an email it did not appear an incident report had been filed on the death.
The District of Columbia International School, also known as DCI, is a language immersion charter school located in Northwest Washington.
School administrators met with the student's family Tuesday night, and parents have been notified, according to the statement. School counselors and officials from the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health were made available to students.