High school football player Andre Smith dies in Illinois

COOK COUNTY, Illinois — A high school football player in Illinois has died after suffering injuries during a game.

Andre Smith, 17, died of “blunt force head injuries due to a football accident,” according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

CNN affiliate WBBM reported that Smith was injured Thursday and died early Friday.

He hit his head on the final play of the game, walked off the field but later collapsed, the affiliate said.

Smith was a senior at Bogan High School.

According to the Illinois High School Association, Smith was the seventh high school football player to die this year nationwide.

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