MENTOR, Ohio - A 16-year-old Mentor High School student died at home Thursday afternoon.
The student was a junior at Mentor High School. Mentor. The Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office has identified him as 16-year-old Brandon A. Shima of Mentor.
The school was notified of the student’s death Thursday afternoon. The school was unofficially told the student died from a complication with MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant strain of staph infection.
According to Kristen Kirby, Director of Community Relations for Mentor Schools, they do not know the official cause of death at this time.
According to the school statement, the student was not in school all week and spent several days in the hospital. They were told he was released from the hospital, and passed away at home.
As a precaution the school was sanitized Thursday, Kirby said.
According to the school's website, the Mentor Police Department says the cause of death is still unknown and not necessarily MRSA related.
According to Mentor police, the death appears to not be a suicide or drug related. The coroner said the death was "natural causes" -- but this does not rule out any disease or infection.
The student’s teammates were notified of his death after school Thursday, according to the school’s statement. The team captains met with the players without coaches present to decide if they wanted to continue with practice. The boys said practicing is what their teammate would have wanted.
Mentor Football Coach, Steve Trivisonno, said as the team moves into the playoffs Saturday, he's going to remember Shima by his positive attitude and determination he showed on the field. Team Captain, Joe Kasper, said he's also going to remember his fellow Cardinal the same way.
The Mentor High School Football team is scheduled to play St. Edward High School at Lakewood Stadium for the first round of State Playoffs Saturday. School administrators have not discussed the game at this time, according to Kirby.
The community has heavy hearts, but remember this young man with a lot of love and respect.
Mentor Schools had grief counselors at Mentor High School Friday to support his friends and classmates.
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