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Teen dies three days after collapsing at basketball game in Riverside

A 16-year-old boy who suffered a heart attack last weekend during a basketball game in Riverside died Tuesday.

Saturday afternoon, Jermaine Cullum, of the 3300 block of West Palmer Street, was playing basketball in the gym of Riverside-Brookfield High School, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office and a statement from the Riverside Fire Department.

Just after 1 p.m., the fire department received several calls saying one of the players had a seizure, collapsed and was not breathing, according to Riverside Fire Deputy Chief Matt Buckley.

An emergency room physician and a nurse were among the more than 100 people who were in the gym at the time, and they began performing CPR before emergency crews arrived, Buckley said.

Cullum’s collapse is believed to have been a result of some kind of cardiac episode, Buckley said.

“Everybody worked very hard that day to give him the best chance they could,” Buckley said.

Cullum was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was pronounced dead Tuesday at 11 a.m.

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