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Buford basketball player dies after collapsing
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Buford High principal Dr. Banks Bitterman says everyone who knew Adam Smith loved him. That’s why they are taking the news of the 16-year old Smith’s death particularly hard.

“Adam was an incredible young man that loved everyone,” said Bitterman, who first came to know Smith as a seventh grader.

Smith died Sunday at Northside-Forsyth Hospital, three days after collapsing at the high school. Bitterman says that Smith was running during basketball conditioning around the football stadium last Thursday afternoon when he started to feel ill.

After completing one lap, Smith informed a faculty member that happened to be nearby that he wasn’t feeling well, then collapsed. Smith was also a member of the school’s track and field program.

Dr. Bitterman says that CPR was administered at the scene before he could be transported to the nearest medical center in Cumming.

Buford’s principal added that Smith had no serious health conditions. A cause of death has not yet been determined, Bitterman added.

Bitterman said that Smith was an organ donor. As a result, 15 suitable recipients will be able to use his organs, he added.

“Adam has an incredible family,” Bitterman said. “All of our prayers are with them right now.”

Smith’s death was not the only on-campus tragedy this year at the school. On Jan. 26, 30-year-old Ryan Daniel, a teacher and assistant football coach, died after collapsing during a pick-up basketball game before school.


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