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Olympic Gardens player dies after football match

Published:Saturday | April 29, 2017 | 4:14 PMMarc Stamp

The Olympic Gardens Major League football team is now in mourning following the death of 18 year-old  forward Okeem Forth.

Forth, a student of Tivoli High School, died Friday night shortly after a Magnum/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Major League quarter-final game against Molynes United at Constant Spring Sports Complex.

It is reported that he was struck on his neck by an opponent's elbow and was substituted. Shortly after he complained of feeling weak and was rushed to the Andrew's Memorial Hospital on Hope Road.

KSAFA's general secretary, Dwayne Dillon, released a statement earlier today:    
"It is with deep regret that we advise of the sudden passing of Okeem Forth, who was a prominent member of the Olympic Gardens Football Club. Okeem played in the KSAFA/Magnum Major League quarter-finals versus Molynes United last Friday night until the 83rd minute when he was assisted off the field to receive medical attention.

"After initial assessments by the team, he was rushed in an ambulance to the Andrew’s Memorial Hospital in the company of the medical doctor assigned to the game.  Despite the valiant efforts by the medical team at the hospital we were sadly informed of the untimely passing of this young, talented player."

The cause of death is not yet known.