The New Jersey high school football player who was hospitalized after he suffered a brain hemorrhage during a game Monday night has died, said the Montclair Board of Education.
Sixteen-year-old Ryne Dougherty died Wednesday night, friends told The Record.
Friends of Dougherty created a Facebook group in his memory. By 9:30 a.m. Thursday, less than 24 hours after his death, the group had nearly 2,000 members. One message posted under Montclair student Delaney McDonough's Facebook profile appears to be from Ryne's father or a male relative. It is signed Mr. Dougherty, 6 p.m., 10/15.
"You can't take one thing for granted," the post reads. "If there's anything, right now, you want to do in your life make sure you try it because if you get to be my age and never tried you feel this void. Don't be afraid to fail you always have to try. Never be afraid to fail."
Dougherty was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center after being critically injured in a game against Don Bosco Prep School earlier this week.
He had suffered a recent concussion, but was cleared by a doctor to resume playing, a school official said Wednesday.
According to witnesses, Dougherty tackled another player without any above-the-neck contact before he abruptly collapsed. He stood briefly before collapsing a second time. An ambulance was immediately summoned by the coaching staff and he was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center.