Garden City Community College football player dies on first day of practice

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GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

An incoming Kansas community college football player has died on the team's first day of practice. 

The Garden City Telegram reports 19-year-old Braeden Bradforth died at a local hospital at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. A teammate found Bradforth in medical distress in his dorm room about two hours earlier, which was shortly after a late team meeting.

The teammate contacted head football coach Jeff Sims who asked a certified trainer for help. The trainer called an ambulance a short time later.

Sims said Bradforth's parent have been notified. He graduated from Neptune High School in New Jersey and arrived at Garden City Community College on Monday.

A cause of death has yet to be determined. The Telegram reports that an emergency room physician said Bradforth suffered from an existing medical issue, possibly unbeknownst to the player.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Bradforth's family.

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