The city of Pinson is mourning the death of a high school student that passed away Thursday.
According to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, Caleb Dylan White, 17, of Pinson, suddenly suffered a medical event at Pinson Valley High School. At around 1:12 p.m., White was taken to St. Vincent's East, where he was pronounced dead. The family of White said he collapsed while working out, according to The Trussville Tribune.
The coroner's office said EMA personnel attempted life-saving procedures on White, but those attempts were unsuccessful.
A postmortem exam will be performed to try and determine the manner and cause of death.
Pinson Valley High School principal Michael Turner said counseling and resources would be available to students in the coming days.
"Heartbroken," Pinson Mayor Joe Cochran posted on Facebook. "No words can be gathered to provide comfort to a family and community experiencing the loss of young life. Please lift Caleb's family and friends along with the entire PVHS community in prayer for the hours, weeks, months and years ahead. I was honored to know Caleb personally and loved the spirit he carried. Life is fleeting, enjoy every day as the treasure it is, I know Caleb did."
White's brother, Cam, remembered him with a Facebook post of old and new photos.
"Who is Caleb Dylan White?" he said. "He's a great player, passionate leader, intelligent person, great son, and to me a great little brother. I'll never understand why it had to be this way, NEVER. You completed God's mission for you lil bro. I'm hurt. I truly am. Half of me was just ripped out in an instant. All the times we played outside in the yard. Playing basketball outside, running around in the house it meant the world to me. People know the basketball side of you because you made that name for yourself. Some may not know you're a great person also. You loved super hard. We always battled and fought but it was ALWAYS love at the end of the day. They mess wit me they mess wit you and vice versa. I promise that'll never change. You don't fake kick it with nobody. You blazed yo own trail and I always respected that. I left Ramsay because I wanted to play with YOU. Man I'm heartbroken he took you this soon lil bro. You were on that court doing what you love to do. Watch over me. They'll never forget yo name as long as I'm here I promise. Caleb Dylan White, I love you past death."
"Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a bright star from our school community," Jefferson County Schools stated Friday. "Caleb White, a Pinson Valley High School senior and student-athlete, has left us far too soon. Please join us in extending prayerful thoughts of comfort and peace during this difficult time."
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
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