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SC high school football player collapses, dies

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 2:46 am •  Published: October 6, 2012

Some fans wept as the stands quietly emptied, the Morning News reported.

A large crowd, including team members still in uniform, gathered later outside the emergency room at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center consoled one another as they waited to express their grief to Rouse's family.

The mayor, who ordered flags be flown at half-mast, urged residents "to take a moment and ask God to be with this family, to help them find peace in this chaos, and to help this team deal with the grief and shock of losing a brother."

Darlington County Coroner J. Todd Hardee said in a statement late Friday that an autopsy will be conducted Saturday to determine the cause of death.