• Mid-South football player had cocaine in his system when he died, officials say

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    BYHALIA, Miss. - New details were released about the high school football player who died in north Mississippi after collapsing during a game. 

    Dennis Mitchell Jr., who went to Byhalia High School, collapsed on the sideline of the school’s game in Coahoma County on Aug. 24 and later died. 

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    On Wednesday, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kelly McMillen confirmed Mitchell had cocaine in his system at the time of his death. 

    McMillen said the drug was detected in Mitchell’s system. 

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    However, it is unclear if the cocaine had anything to do with his death. 

    The sheriff’s department said they are investigating Mitchell’s cause of death. 


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