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Florida HS Soccer Star Dies after Second Collapse

Thinkstock Images/Comstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- A high school soccer star in Florida died Wednesday after collapsing two days before at track practice, and two weeks after doctors cleared her to return from a previous collapse, her parents said.

Sara Landauer, 17, was a standout in soccer and track and popular off the field at Eastside High School in Gainseville, people who knew her said.

"Not just a phenomenal athlete but a tremendous asset to the community," track coach Adrien Taylor said. "A young lady that inspired many young athletes. Not just athletes but many young people in general."

The high school junior died Wednesday morning in the hospital. After her collapse at practice, bystanders performed CPR and used a defibrillator to resuscitate her.

Sara had just finished practicing a 200-meter sprint when she fell unconscious.

Her parents have said they told doctors that Sara had recently had a cold but, beyond that, seemed perfectly healthy. It's unclear what caused her to collapse two weeks ago but doctors cleared her a few days later, after a battery of tests, to return to the field.

Roger Dearing, executive director of the Florida High School Athletic Association, told the Gainesville Sun, "We require medical clearance. If that happens, and the parents are fine with it, we really don't have the authority to say she can't continue."

The news of her death came a day after the funeral for 16-year-old Michigan high school basketball star Wes Leonard and the recent death of Matthew Hammerdorfer, a 17-year-old boy who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest during a rugby game in Colorado.

Wes' Fennville, Mich., team played their second game without him on the court Monday.

Wes was later found to have had an enlarged heart, but Sara's cause of death is still unknown.

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Another Teen Athlete Collapses, Dies

Comstock/Thinkstock(TIMNATH, Colo.) -- An autopsy was to be performed Sunday on a 17-year-old boy who collapsed and died Saturday during a rugby match in Timnath, Colorado.

Matthew Hammerdorfer of Fort Collins, Colo., collapsed and was airlifted to a nearby medical center where he later died. The Larimer County, Colo., coroner is expected to perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

The incident comes just days after Wes Leonard, a 16-year-old Michigan high school basketball player collapsed and died after hitting a game-winning shot to complete his team's perfect season. It was later determined that Leonard died of an enlarged heart.

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