New York Teen Dies During High School Basketball Practice

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16-year-old, Lenny Pierre, a Queens teenager, died during basketball practice Wednesday. The boy collapsed inside John Bowne High School in Queens just after noon, according to the New York Post.

The 6-foot-6 junior was practicing with the school’s Wildcats basketball team. He was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Queens but pronounced dead there, said law enforcement.

Mayor Bill de Blasio lamented the death. “I am heartbroken to hear of Lenny Pierre’s passing. As a parent, and as a father of student athletes, I can only imagine the pain and sorrow being felt by Lenny’s family, loved ones and classmates.”

An investigation is ongoing, police said.