Zyrees Oliver, 17, an offensive lineman and captain on the football team, suffered the collapse Aug. 5 after practice earlier that day. He was rushed to WellStar Kennestone hospital that night and remained in critical condition. Oliver’s family removed him from a ventilator early Monday morning.
Douglas County Principal Tim Scott said in an email Oliver “was part of the Tiger family since the end of his sophomore year and during that short time he touched many lives.
“He was a blessing to his football and track teammates, his classmates, coaches and our school staff. He will be missed.”
Oliver’s family told an Atlanta TV station he had struggled medically with cramping, dehydration and migraines the past few months, including during practice on Aug. 5. Returning home later that day, Oliver proceeded to drink four gallons of water and a sports drink and collapsed. He suffered massive swelling around the brain and possible water intoxication, according to the hospital’s medical staff. A full autopsy will be conducted by the Douglas County coroner office to determine the official cause of death.
Oliver was a standout student at Douglas County, earning a 3.8 grade point average and had aspirations to pursue college football. Originally from New Jersey, Oliver and his family moved to Douglasville last year.
The family has created an online fundraiser website at www.gofundme.com/cuaf0g to raise money for Oliver’s body’s return to New Jersey for burial.
Douglas County High School officials have no official memorial service plans or alteration to the football team’s schedule at this time.
Oliver is survived by his parents and three brothers.