UPDATE: Gurdon football player died of natural causes

UPDATE: Gurdon football player died of natural causes

The family of 15-year-old Montel Williams, who died after collapsing on the practice field at at Gurdon High School Tuesday, has announced that a service will be held next Wednesday at Gurdon High School Auditorium.
GURDON, AR - Preliminary autopsy findings indicate a Gurdon High football player who collapsed Tuesday died of natural causes.

The findings indicate Montel Williams, 15, suffered a cardiac incident from an unknown pre-existing medical condition.

Richard Gallagher, Assistant Director of the State Crime Lab released the limited findings Friday afternoon.

Williams mother, Sandra Walker, told FOX16 News on Friday knowing the cause of death doesn't relieve her concerns.

"I still think they were practicing too hard," Walker says.  "He was being pushed too much."

The family of Williams, who died after collapsing on the practice field at at Gurdon High School Tuesday, has also announced that a service will be held Wednesday, August 17 at Gurdon High School Auditorium. The service will start at at 2:00 p.m. with visitation beginning one hour before.

Montel's coach said that there was no warning that anything was wrong before the sophomore collapsed at Tuesday night's practice.

The temperature in Arkadelphia, about 15 miles north of Gurdon, was 93 degrees at 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service with a heat index of 110 degrees.

But the preliminary autopsy report rules out heat as a cause.

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