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Football Player Dies in California

September 12, 1998

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) _ A football player died of a brain hemorrhage after making a tackle in his high school team’s season-opener.

Ferlito Alejandro, 18, of Edison High School, died Friday morning, after collapsing during the game at Golden Valley High in Merced on Thursday night.

``Ferlito was in on a tackle, walked to the sidelines and told his coach he needed a substitute,″ Edison principal Michael Hernandez said. ``He went to the bench, pulled off his helmet and shoulder pads and collapsed.″

Assistant coach Leslie Duncan, who noticed Alejandro had stopped breathing, administered CPR before he was flown by helicopter to a Modesto Hospital, where he died according to Catherine Larsen, spokeswoman for Doctors’ Hospital.

School psychologists spoke to students throughout the day Friday.

``There’s no doubt the school, team, coaches and players are pretty glum,″ said assistant coach Mike Huber, who said the tackle seemed ``routine.″

Alejandro, a native of the Philippines, was living with his aunt in Stockton.

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