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Contrary to college reports, wrestler remains on life support

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Late Friday afternoon, Darton State College announced they were incorrect in reporting that wrestler Ben Richards had died.

Dean of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations Tracy Goode told WALB she was notified by Richards' family that he had passed away earlier Friday, but now says family members later notified the college that he was not dead.

The family of Ben Richards confirmed he remains on life support.

A related report Friday morning showed that Darton wrestler and teammate Alex Washington was in good condition at Phoebe.

Richards collapsed due to heat exhaustion last Wednesday while on a 5-mile run with wrestling teammates. Washington was hospitalized the same day.

No interviews were granted Friday, but a spokesperson said they would be available for comment at a later time.

A website has been set up for those who would like to support the family HERE:

Darton State College released a second statement late Friday afternoon:


PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT                          

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013    

CONTACT: Erica Massie

(229) 317-6725

erica.massie@darton.edu

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.

 

Statement being released from 

Tracy Goode

Dean of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations

DartonState College

(229) 317-6929

 

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.

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