DeLand student collapses, dies in class; had been weightlifting

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 1:38 a.m.

DELAND - A 17-year-old high school student collapsed while in an English class and died Tuesday, school officials said.

Christopher Owens, a junior at DeLand High School, was rushed to a hospital after collapsing during the second-period class and pronounced dead at the hospital, said Nancy Wait a spokeswoman for Volusia County schools.

An immediate cause of the death wasn't known, but the county medical examiner planned to conduct an autopsy, Wait said.

Owens had been in a weightlifting class before the English class. He was trying out for the weightlifting team, Wait said.

Three counselors were sent to the school to help grieving students and teachers.

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