Prep football player died of congenital heart disease

Funeral for Jackson Pfister is Sunday, memorial planned for Wednesday game

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October 15, 2019 - 6:41 am
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The high school football player who died during a game in northern Minnesota last weekend suffered from a heart condition, but had been cleared by his school district to continue playing.  

This comes as district officials at Esko High School are preparing to honor 16-year-old Jackson Pfister at their final regular season home game on Wednesday against Crosby-Ironton.

According to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's preliminary findings, the Pfister's death was caused by congenital heart disease.

Administrators from the high school say Pfister was appropriately approved medically to play football. 

Pfister collapsed late in his team's game at Aitkin last Friday night. 

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Grief counselors have been available at Esko High School to talk to Pfister's fellow students about his death.

Superintendent Aaron Fischer released a statement about the teenager:

"The whole community and staff and players and students, we're all just sad about the news and our hearts go out to the family and we’re all thinking of him. "Jackson was just a terrific young man and we all think very highly of him and we'll miss him greatly."

After he collapsed, Pfister was taken to Riverwood Healthcare Center with what police call a "serious medical condition."  

He died a short time later.

Services for Jackson take place at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet.

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