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Coyle football player Gary Myers dies of meningitis

Gary Myers, 15, was diagnosed Saturday with meningitis, which quickly spread to his spinal cord and then his brain, taking his life Monday night.
by Scott Wright Published: November 20, 2013
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COYLE — Gary Myers wasn't a starter for the Coyle football team, but he always worked like one.

Same with anything he did — basketball, baseball, academic bowl.

For that reason, the high school sophomore's death Monday night leaves quite a void not only on the teams he competed with, but in the tight-knit community of Coyle.

“Gary worked hard every day, and he had every reason in the world not to play, but he was out there for the friendship and being part of a team,” Coyle football coach Shane Weathers said.

Myers, 15, was diagnosed Saturday with meningitis, which quickly spread to his spinal cord and then his brain, taking his life Monday night.

Many cases of meningitis are contagious, but Myers' case was not.

Becky Coffman, an epidemiologist at the state Health Department, said the agency is not currently investigating any meningitis cases in Oklahoma. Under state law, agency employees cannot comment on specific cases.

“People are alarmed when they hear the word ‘meningitis,'” Coffman said. “In Oklahoma, the types of meningitis that we investigate are the ones that require that people around that person receive antibiotics as a precaution.”

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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