A tragic event at Darton State College has taken place. Darton State officials have announced that wrestler Ben Richards is not exhibiting any brain activity and is on life support.
To amend an earlier release, Tracy Goode, dean of institutional advancement and public relations, issued another statement.
“Although we sent an earlier statement per the Richards family, that Ben Richards has passed away, he is at this time on life support with an irreversible condition until all of the family arrives,” Goode said.
It all began with Richards collapsing at a wrestling practice on September 4th. He was then placed at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, then airlifted to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida once it became clear he was suffering from liver failure.
In addition to Richards, fellow wrestlers Jaden Smith and Alex Washington were hospitalized for heat-related illnesses last week. Smith and Richards both collapsed after a five-mile run outside.
Wrestling practices ceased following the events, but has since resumed this Wednesday. Head Wrestling Coach James Hicks stated that practices will be inside going forward, and that when the team was outside it would be before 6 a.m.