Shawnee Mission West's Andre Maloney (David Compton of PrepsKC)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A star football player for Shawnee Mission West has died at an area hospital after suffering a stroke during Thursday night's game.
Andre Maloney died at Research Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed Friday evening. He was put in intensive care at an area hospital after suffering a stroke during Thursday night's game. He underwent surgery in the early morning hours of Friday, but it wasn't successful.
He was on life support much of Friday before he was pronounced dead. Dozens attended a vigil held for him Friday afternoon on the football field at Shawnee Mission West.
Maloney became confused and collapsed on the sideline after scoring on a long touchdown pass in the first half. He wasn't touched on the play.
Teammates, coaches and fans who witnessed the collapse were stunned and upset. One teammate said Maloney was holding his face and complained that he had lost feeling on one side of his body.
A news release from Maloney's family provided by the Shawnee Mission School District said Maloney suffered a stroke.
He was rushed via ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. He was then taken to Research Medical Center where he underwent surgery Friday morning. The hospital's Midwest Neuroscience Institute specializes in treatments of brain, nervous system and spine issues.
Maloney had verbally committed to play for Charlie Weis' Kansas Jayhawks.
"We are absolutely devastated by the news of the passing of Andre Maloney. Our hearts are broken at the loss of such an outstanding young man who had touched our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his mother, Rosalita. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to head coach Tim Callaghan, the Shawnee Mission West football program and the entire student body as they deal with the passing of a friend and teammate. We knew from the moment we met Andre just how special he was and he will never be forgotten. The Jayhawk family will forever hold Andre close to our hearts," Weis said on the passing of Maloney.
Maloney played a key role in leading the Vikings to a Class 6A state championship last year. Rivals.com ranked Maloney as the sixth best football player in Kansas.
The team was leading Leavenworth 21-10 when Maloney collapsed. Shawnee Mission West (3-2) lost to Leavenworth 37-34 on a field goal in the last seconds of the game.
PrepsKC's Dion Clisso said Maloney was an all-purpose player. In addition to playing wide receiver, he has returned kickoffs as a special-teams player and played on defense as a safety.
"A very dynamic football player. Speed was his game," Clisso said. "He ran some yards too."
Shawnee Mission West students described Maloney as an outstanding young man who was a great teammate and friend.
Maloney's family asked for privacy.
"While the family greatly appreciates the concern, thoughts and prayers of family, friends and the community, they ask that the public and media respect their privacy at this time," the statement issued Friday morning said.
Many friends and teammates flocked to Research Medical.
The district had counselors on hand at the school to help those struggling with the difficult situation.
"The high school and school district are focused on the well being of students and staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andre Maloney's family," according to a separate statement issued Friday morning by the district. "The coach and fellow players are focused on Andre and his family. Our thoughts are with them as well."
Doctors say six in 100,000 adolescents suffer strokes.
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