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Autopsy Reveals Death of Omaha South Football Player from Heat and Heart Disease | Nebraska

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OMAHA – The autopsy results of an Omaha South football player who collapsed during training in August revealed that the main cause of his death was hyperthermia.






Geiger, Drake


Douglas County District Attorney Don Kleine said the autopsy showed heat to be the main factor in the August 10 death of 16-year-old Drake Geiger. The autopsy also revealed that heart problems contributed to the death, Kleine said.

“The young man had pretty serious heart problems,” Kleine said. “Some of his arteries were already blocked.”

The autopsy revealed that Geiger, a junior, weighed 401 pounds and was 6 feet 3 inches tall. He had 10 minutes of football training when he collapsed.

Geiger and other players had just taken a break to drink water after about 10 minutes of training, his father, Scott Hoffman, said. Drake was coming back to training and fell, Hoffman said.

Just after 4:25 p.m. that day, Omaha firefighters responded to an emergency call at Collin Field, South’s football and soccer stadium. They took Drake to Nebraska Medical Center, where he died.

The family had recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas and California, where Hoffman said it was extremely hot. Drake had no problems there, his father said.

The temperature at 4 pm Aug. 10 in Omaha was 91 degrees, but the heat index was between 100 and 106. The National Weather Service had issued a heat advisory for that day.