16-Year-Old Texas Football Player Collapses While Playing Tag, Dies in Twin Brother’s Arms

Deshaud Williams.
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth

A Texas high school football player collapsed and died in his twin brother’s arms while playing tag Friday night, his family said.

Deshaud Williams, 16, a defensive tackle on Lewisville High School’s junior varsity football team, was running around with family and friends in a parking lot Friday night when he told his twin brother, Dashaud, that he had lost his breath.

“We started jogging a little bit more and he was like, ‘Da, I can’t breathe,'” Dashaud told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

“I was like, ‘You good? Come on, we’re going to get home.’ And he was like, ‘I can’t breathe. I’m about to pass out.’ And I ran to him and he fell to his knees and fell on his back,” Dashaud said.

Dashaud immediately called police and emergency responders arrived minutes later, according to a GoFundMe account set up by his family. The teen was pronounced dead in his twin’s arms on the way to the hospital, family said.

statement from the Lewisville Police Department said an autopsy was underway, and there are no signs of foul play. Deshaud’s family suspects cardiac arrest, even though he had been deemed in good health by a school physical earlier this year.

Dashaud Williams and his mother, Razel Sheppard, mourn the death of his twin brother, Deshaud, at a memorial in Lewisville, Texas.KXAS

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SOURCE: NBC News, Elisha Fieldstadt