Garden City Community College football player dies after first day of practice

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KWCH) An incoming Garden City Community College freshman football player died hours after the first day of practice.

The Garden City Telegram reports a teammate found 19-year-old Braeden Bradforth in his dorm Wednesday night in medical distress.

Bradforth was transported to St. Catherine Hospital where he died about two hours after he was found.

GCCC Head Football Coach Jeffrey Sims said doctors believe a blood clotting issued led Bradforth to have a heart attack.

"Originally, when it first happened, because of the time of the year and because of conditioning, we do have guys that will have cramps and have issues with the conditioning, that was our original thought what he may have been having," said Sims. "But it was worse than that. It wasn't related to those things."

An autopsy is planned to determine Bradforth's exact cause of death.

Two companies in Garden City - Legacy Auto and Cornerstone Church -have donated money to help fly his body back to Neptune, New Jersey.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist his family with medical and funeral costs.

A memorial for Bradforth will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First Assembly church in Garden City.