OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told 3 News Now that extreme heat was the main factor in the death of Drake Geiger, an Omaha South High student who collapsed during a high school football practice on Aug. 10. When Geiger collapsed the temperature was 91 degrees with a heat index of 105 degrees.
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The county attorney says that 16-year-old Geiger also had heart problems, which played a role in his death. The heart problems were discovered during an autopsy, but he says that hyperthermia, or overheating, was determined to be the primary cause of Geiger’s death.
Kleine declined to say whether or not Geiger’s heart condition was known before his death.
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