4 Black athletes who died while playing the sport they loved

September 09, 2019 at 10:30 am | Opinions & Features

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

September 09, 2019 at 10:30 am | Opinions & Features

The death of Kadin Roberts, a sophomore at Joplin High School, has sent shock waves across Missouri as the school community continues to grieve over the loss of a star athlete.

Roberts, who had a history of severe asthma, died after suffering cardiac arrest during a team practice in midweek. The incident was said to have occurred while he was participating in conditioning exercises.

According to reports, he collapsed inside the school gym in the evening and was pronounced dead in the hospital. His death adds up to a long list of professional athletes who have died while engaged in extreme physical activities.

The following are five black athletes who have died in the cause of participating in various sporting activities:

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