December 22, 2014

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Coroner says cardiac event probably killed Wellington teen

Drew Guyer

Drew Guyer

WELLINGTON – The sudden death of a 13-year-old Wellington boy on Tuesday might have been a result of a cardiac arrhythmia, according to Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans.

Drew Guyer, an eighth-grader at McCormick Middle School, was playing soccer at Westwood Elementary School on Tuesday night when he collapsed and was rushed to Mercy Allen Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

So far nothing has been found in Guyer’s autopsy which points to a cause of death, leading Evans to believe it might have been caused by a cardiac arrhythmia, which wouldn’t show up in an autopsy.

Arrhythmias are a common problem for young athletes, Evans said, adding that it will take a few months of tests to confirm whether that is the cause.

“It appears to be cardiac-related,” Evans said.

Guyer, an only child, was an active student who played soccer and basket ball. He was also on the school choir and was an honors student, according to Superintendent John Nolan.

School events were canceled for the rest of the week following Guyer’s death and grief counselors were brought to the middle school and high school to talk to students.

Services for Drew will be in the Wellington High School gymnasium Sunday .

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.